WORKFORCE: NHS London has said the chair of Croydon Health Services Trust stepped down after “governance concerns” and said a review of governance would take place in the new year.

Michael Parker’s departure was revealed by HSJ earlier this week and NHS London has now confirmed he will be replaced by Mike Bell, who is vice chair at NHS London.

In a statement NHS London said: “Following concerns around governance at Croydon Health Services Trust, the NHS Trust Development Authority has appointed Mike Bell, currently vice chair at NHS London Strategic Health Authority, as interim chair with effect from January 2 2013. This follows the announcement that the current chair Michael Parker has resigned and will end his tenure on December 31 this year.

“Mike Bell will be undertaking a review of governance at the trust in January and will also oversee the process for appointing a substantive chief executive for the hospital. Marie Gabriel, chair at the East London Foundation Trust, will be leading the review.”