The chair of Morecambe Bay’s health trust has announced his resignation this week.
John Cowdall announced he was stepping down amid “worries” about a new Care Quality Commission (CQC) report due out later this year.
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust’s chief executive Jackie Daniel also announced that the trust’s medical director George Naysmith was also stepping down.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron said: “I am worried about the CQC report as I’ve heard that it does not show or acknowledge the progress that the trust has made.” Mr Cowdall said: “I’ve been privileged to be the chairman of the trust for the last 17 months.
“I have had the immense pleasure to work alongside a highly dedicated, caring and professional team of staff, governors and volunteers.”
Commenting on the news South Lakes MP Tim Farron said: “I want to thank John for his hard work, service and commitment to the trust over the last 17 months.
“I know how hard he has tried to turn this organisation around. I have seen some turnaround in the trust led by him, Jackie Daniel and her team.
“But I am worried about the CQC report as I’ve heard that it does not show or acknowledge the progress that the trust has made.
“I would like to know the reasons for that and what areas the trust are assessed as failing on. This report must be made public as soon as possible.”
Mr Cowdall added: ““In my time as Chairman, I’ve seen our hospitals, under the sterling leadership of Jackie Daniel and the new Board of Directors, steer the Trust through a significant period of improvement. The Board, governors and staff accept that there is still much more to do, but together with their partners, such as the Clinical Commissioning Groups, I am confident that they will get to where they need to be.”
“By the end of June, the Trust will have prepared its plans for Better Care Together and I believe that this is now the right time for me to hand over to a new person to lead the Board and Council of Governors in the delivery phase of this work programme.
“It has been hugely satisfying to see first-hand the progress made at improving areas such as safety, governance, finance and patient experience and I am now
looking forward to spending more time with my family. It was only recently that my wife asked me ‘when will I get my husband back?’”