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Second London chief executive resigns

Barts admits ‘weaknesses’ in management have led to poor performance

OnMedica Staff

Friday, 06 February 2009

A second boss has resigned from a London hospital.

Julian Nettel, chief executive of Barts and the London NHS Trust, announced his decision last Friday and will leave at the end of the month.

On Tuesday Tara Donnelly’s resignation as chief executive at the West Middleton University Hospital NHS Trust was announced after eight patients were kept waiting more than 12 hours for hospital admission.

A spokesman for Barts says Mr Nettel was leaving for "personal reasons" but added that there have been weaknesses in management and administration systems.

"These have resulted in some patients waiting longer than they should have done. The Trust apologised directly to the patients affected and reported the issues to NHS London as soon as they came to light," he said.

The Trust has now put in place a series of improvement programmes to concentrate on upping the quality of its operational processes.

Barts came under the spotlight last year when it admitted that problems with implementation of the National Programme for IT Care Records System had led to clinics and operating theatres being unused.

Financial problems with having to employ more temporary staff to help manage the extra work created when the new IT system went live in April, and funding shortfalls due to a lack of information on billing have also beset the Trust.

Alongside many hospital trusts, Barts has also had difficulties with its £1.3billion private finance initiative (PFI) project, exacerbating its debt problems further.

In December, the Commons Public Accounts Committee concluded that many such schemes had been undermanaged and wouldn’t achieve good value for money for the NHS.

The BMA has called for an end to such schemes.

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