King’s Lynn hospital could be advised by Marks & Spencer boss

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The former head of Marks & Spencer could be helping to turnaround Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Sir Stuart Rose has been called in by health secretary Jeremy Hunt to help transform the culture in under performing hospitals.

A Department of Health press release states he “ will particularly look at the problems faced by the 14 trusts currently in “special measures”, which includes the QEH.

Through a series of hospital visits Sir Stuart will mentor NHS leaders and examine the challenges facing doctors, nurses and management boards. He will provide advice in an unpaid capacity until the end of the year when he will submit a short report to the department.

The department said it had not yet planned which hospitals Sir Stuart will be visiting.

Sir Stuart Rose said: “Clearly the NHS is a very different institution from M&S, but leadership, motivating staff and creating a culture where people are empowered to do things differently are crucial to the success of any organisation, and I’m looking forward to helping in any way I can.”

The QEH was placed in special measures in October after concerns were raised around the quality of patient care by the Care Quality Commission and NHS England.

New chairman David Dean and chief executive Manjit Obhrai took over early in November. Improvements are being seen at the Gayton Road site with additional staff and building projects.