The chair of an embattled NHS trust has resigned after a series of governance and cultural problems were exposed at the organisation.

Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust has announced the departure of Michael Carr this afternoon, which has been welcomed by NHS Improvement.

Mr Carr was the subject of serious allegations by trust executives alongside former chief executive David Allison. HSJ revealed details of the allegations late last year. Several executive directors took their serious concerns about the organisation to NHSI.

Earlier this month a non-executive director resigned, saying there had been a complete breakdown of relationships at board level.

NHSI said Sir David Henshaw, the chair of Alder Hey Children’s FT, is in line to replace Mr Carr on an interim basis.

Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHSI, said: “Today’s news about Michael Carr’s departure is the right thing for patients and the right thing for staff. This is a trust that has had a number of serious leadership, governance and cultural problems which need to be urgently addressed.”

David Jago, previously the trust’s finance director, became acting chief executive following Mr Allison’s departure in December.

Mr Carr said: “In the past eight years at the trust I have worked with so many excellent board members, governors and staff, all determined to do the very best for our patients. It is now time for a new leadership team, and I wish the trust every success for the future.”