WORKFORCE: The chair of East Sussex Healthcare Trust has resigned with immediate effect following a critical report from the Care Quality Commission which led to the trust being placed in special measures.

Stuart Welling had been due to finish his four year tenure at the trust in July but decided to stay on until a new chair was appointed “to give continuity and stability to the organisation’s leadership”, a trust spokesman said.

However, Mr Welling announced his resignation yesterday. The NHS Trust Development Authority has not yet appointed a new chair.

East Sussex Hospital Trust

The CQC has placed East Sussex Hospital Trust in special measures