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Troubled NHS trust chief executive stands down from post
THE boss of Dorset’s biggest healthcare provider, which is currently in breach of its licence after failing to make urgent improvements, has quit.
An official statement confirmed that Paul Sly, chief executive at Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust, has stepped down from his post with immediate effect.
Sir David Henshaw, interim chairman at Dorset HealthCare said: “Paul has been chief executive since February 1, 2012, and led the trust through a very difficult period with the coming together of the predecessor organisations.
“He has been a highly respected colleague with total commitment to the trust and the people it serves and has made a major contribution on a range of areas.
“On behalf of the trust board I would like to thank Paul for all that he has done in his time with Dorset HealthCare.”
The trust has come under fire for taking too long to make legally binding changes agreed in April with Monitor, the independent health sector regulator.
One the conditions imposed was that its board and comm-ittees function more effectively.
Sir David revealed that Ron Shields will be joining the trust as interim chief executive.
“Ron brings a wealth of leadership experience in the NHS, with more than 23 years as a director in acute, community and mental health trusts, 14 of which have been as chief executive.
“His priority will be to lead the development of a clear and compelling strategy for all of our services and to work with frontline clinicians.
“This will be to provide assurance for patients, staff and our regulators about the quality of the services we deliver for the people of Dorset.”
DORSET HealthCare provides community health services, mental health, learning disability, addictions, community brain injury, community dental, and some primary care services, across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. It also runs Dorset’s 11 community hospitals.
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