LATEST: King's Lynn hospital chief executive leaves role
The chief executive of Lynn's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Jon Green, is leaving the job with immediate effect.
An email to staff, which has been released this afternoon, said he had taken up a secondment post at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital looking at the integration of services.
Dr Nick Lyons, the QEH's medical director, will serve as acting chief executive until a new appointment is made in the new year.
The announcement follows speculation in recent days over the future of both Mr Green and Dr Lyons, amid claims over the weekend that both had quit.
There has also been widespread anger in recent weeks at the possibility of surgery and cancer care work being transferred from Lynn to Norwich.
Hospital chairman, Professor Steve Barnett, told staff: "As we work towards system-wide transformation across the whole of the Norfolk health economy, I am writing to inform you that our current CEO, Jon Green, has accepted a secondment post working as part of a team based at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
"The project will be looking at how closer integration of services can ensure financial and clinical sustainability, while at the same time bringing about service changes which improve care for our patients. I’m sure that his experience as both Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer will be very relevant and valuable to this project.
"Since Jon joined the QEH in May 2017 he has led the organisation through many challenges. Throughout his time here he has always had a keen focus on the need to transform services for the benefit of patients, staff and the wider health sector. I am particularly pleased this new role will allow him to focus on this for the benefit of our trust and others.
"I am sure you will join me in wishing Jon well. I am continuing to try and meet with as many staff as possible over the coming weeks so should you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to ask me, as I make my way round the hospital."