WORKFORCE: James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Wendy Slaney has resigned, weeks after its chair resigned over questions over care quality.

Chair John Hemming resigned in November following calls from local GPs and the MP.

A statement from the FT this week said Ms Slaney had “announced her retirement from the NHS”. It sais she had given six months notice and also said: “Wendy Slaney will not be giving any media interviews in relation to this announcement. She will remain in post until a successor has been recruited and it is therefore ‘business as usual’.”

In the statement Ms Slaney said: “It is with real regret that I have taken the decision to relinquish my post as chief executive at James Paget University Hospital.

“This decision has been taken in the best interests of patients and staff and for the trust. In coming to my decision, I have thought long and hard about the best way forward for all our staff and patients. The longer term interests of this hospital and its patients and staff are of greater importance than my own position.

“By taking this step, I hope there will be the chance for a smooth transition and allow for a new approach to meeting the challenges this organisation faces and ensure a successful future for the James Paget University Hospital.”

She added: “It is my belief that it is not to the benefit of staff and our community to enter again into the inevitable public furore on this matter or fuel any further media speculation regarding my position at this hospital.

“I will be very sad to leave the Trust when the time comes. This is a very good hospital with excellent people working here. I remain very proud of what everyone has
achieved and continue to deliver to meet the enormous demands placed upon us. My executive colleagues will continue to lead on ensuring we meet the required standards for the benefit of our patients and they have my full support.”

Interim chair Peter Franzen, who was appointed to replace Mr Hemming, said: ” would like to reassure staff and the local community that leadership and continuity will be maintained at the James Paget while a successor to Wendy is sought.

“As interim chair, it will be my task to ensure a smooth transition as the hospital takes the opportunity for a new approach in meeting the challenges facing the NHS.
The James Paget needs a little breathing space now and I sincerely hope that this hospital is given time to rebuild and recuperate and come back stronger than ever.”