A new appointment has been made to the top job at Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH).
Dorothy Hosein takes the role of chief executive after three months as chief operating officer, during which time she has overseen improvements to emergency care. Before that she was chief operating officer at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospital.
Mrs Hosein said: “Having spent the last three months as interim chief operating officer, I am delighted to be able to take on the permanent role of CEO at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“I am very much looking forward to working closely with our commissioning partners, staff and partners to ensure the hospital continues to provide high quality, safe and compassionate care and that we continue to implement improvements where required ensuring the best possible experience for our patients.”
Mrs Hosein takes over from Dr Manjit Obhrai – the interim chief executive brought in when a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection raised concerns. In September, the CQC recommended the hospital stay in special measures for a further six months with some services rated good while other still required improvement.
Edward Libbey, chairman of the QEH foundation trust, said: “We know that we have further improvements to make at the hospital to continue to enhance the quality of care we provide for residents of West Norfolk, therefore the trust is delighted that Dorothy Hosein will be leading us through this next phase of that journey.
“Dorothy’s strong background in transforming services for the benefit of patients will be invaluable as we look to shape out services around the needs of our local community.”
* There were picket lines outside the hospital on Monday as staff stage a four-hour walk-out over pay, which will be followed by a work-to-rule.
Unions say 60 per cent of NHS staff and 70 per cent of nurses won’t get a pay rise for the next two years.
Darren Barber, the joint staff-side Consultative Committee (JSCC) Chairman, said: “JSCC have been working with the trust before this action takes place to ensure a safe service for all patients is still delivered, staffing will be maintained at safe levels”