Chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust retires

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Averil Dongworth, chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has resigned Averil Dongworth, chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has resigned

Averil Dongworth, chief executive of Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) has retired.

The trust was placed in special measures in December after the Care Quality Commission raised concerns about patient safety at both King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen’s Hospital in Romford.

The news, confirmed today by the trust, comes after the resignation of trust chairman, Sir Peter Dixon, in Fabruary.

The report said leadership had failed to improve services despite previous warnings.

Inspectors found unsafe care in A&E departments at both hospitals and blamed a lack of full-time consultants and middle grade doctors.

Poor management of hospital capacity and discharge procedures were also said to be putting patients’ lives at risk.

However, the hospitals were commended for their at-home care services and stroke treatment.

The A&E department at King George has been earmarked for closure.

Ms Dongworth was chief executive of the trust for three years and worked as an NHS nurse before moving into hospital management in 1991.

A spokeswoman from the trust said: "Her retirement was planned and was always known to be the end of March 2013.  This was mentioned in previous Trust Board papers and also in the Health Service Journal in Dec 2013."

The Guardian in awaiting further information from BHRUT.

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5:55pm Tue 11 Mar 14

MorrisHickey says...

An0ther failure walks off with a fat wallet.
An0ther failure walks off with a fat wallet. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 4

9:58pm Tue 11 Mar 14

ruby newbie says...

I cannot believe the state of our nhs and under a conservative government as well.....it seems as if it has complicated itself into one great big knot.
I cannot believe the state of our nhs and under a conservative government as well.....it seems as if it has complicated itself into one great big knot. ruby newbie
  • Score: 2

11:07pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

ruby newbie wrote:
I cannot believe the state of our nhs and under a conservative government as well.....it seems as if it has complicated itself into one great big knot.
What 'state?' It is forever being invested in, when was the last time you noticed no kind of work going on a Whipps Cross for example? I can tell you that having recently experienced friends in care at Whipps I was absolutely astounded at the quality of care by the staff there and genuine old style nursing attitudes that seems to have returned. I should say that if one ever wants to see the benefits of immigration, you only have to look at the staff there from Doctors, Nurses, Domestics, Porters and sundry. Who would be doing these jobs otherwise? It seems that without these staff the NHS would implode overnight.

People's expectation these days from the NHS have exceeded pure medical needs and we have a drain on funds for 'rights of service' to procedures such as cosmetic surgery and other treatments that have to be considered on budgets. The evolution of the NHS is a continual one with greater demand on its resources. It is unfair to say 'state' without clarifying what you mean.
[quote][p][bold]ruby newbie[/bold] wrote: I cannot believe the state of our nhs and under a conservative government as well.....it seems as if it has complicated itself into one great big knot.[/p][/quote]What 'state?' It is forever being invested in, when was the last time you noticed no kind of work going on a Whipps Cross for example? I can tell you that having recently experienced friends in care at Whipps I was absolutely astounded at the quality of care by the staff there and genuine old style nursing attitudes that seems to have returned. I should say that if one ever wants to see the benefits of immigration, you only have to look at the staff there from Doctors, Nurses, Domestics, Porters and sundry. Who would be doing these jobs otherwise? It seems that without these staff the NHS would implode overnight. People's expectation these days from the NHS have exceeded pure medical needs and we have a drain on funds for 'rights of service' to procedures such as cosmetic surgery and other treatments that have to be considered on budgets. The evolution of the NHS is a continual one with greater demand on its resources. It is unfair to say 'state' without clarifying what you mean. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

9:33am Wed 12 Mar 14

ruby newbie says...

maybe I should have elaborated I do apologise ........the bhr nhs.....
maybe I should have elaborated I do apologise ........the bhr nhs..... ruby newbie
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