WORKFORCE: Four clinical directors are stepping down from their posts at City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust for differing reasons.

Directors were asked the reason for the four departures at a board meeting. Ian Martin has been made deputy medical director; Peter English was close to retirement; Peter Surtees was “weary” having “had to increase his clinical commitments”; and no reason was recorded in minutes for Imti Talkhani’s stepping down.