Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, who are responsible for both Croydon University Hospital and community health services in the borough, have today announced that Chief Executive Nick Hulme has resigned. This clearly isn't the whole story as Nick has been on gardening leave for a while. The whole process has been very opaque and raised questions about the lack of local accountability of those who are ultimately responsible for health services in Croydon.
I spent a week at Croydon University Hospital in 2010 and saw much that impressed me but also some things that were a cause for concern. Feedback from constituents and the recent CQC report reinforced that sense that standards of care are variable. I always found Nick to have a good understanding of what needed to change and a real passion for delivering that change so I for one am sad to see him go.
I will now be seeking an urgent meeting with the Trust Board to hear how they intend to appoint a successor and improve services to Croydon residents.