Hospital chief leaves.

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CHIEF Executive of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust is leaving.

Richard Sunley, will take up a new role as Director of Service Transformation, at Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust from March 7.

He described the move as “an exciting challenge” adding he would be working with staff in develooping even better services for pa tients and helping take the Trust towards Foundation Trust status.

“The focus for Scarborough has not got to be to deliver the formal partnership with York with the aim of maintaining high quality services for patients,” he said.

Mike Proctor, Deputy Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, will become Acting Chief Executive of the Scarborough trust as discussions continue around integrating the two trusts into a single organisation.

Patrick Crowley, Chief Executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said described the move as a “significant step “towards becoming one organisation,.

“We will be attending a number of public meetings over the coming months and are looking forward to the opportunity to hear people’s views and begin to share our plans for the future. In the meantime Mike will be helping to further develop the relationship between the two hospitals and importantly ensure that consultants and clinical teams on both sites, together with colleagues in primary care and community services, are able to contribute to how we influence future services.”

Mike Proctor said: “In recent months the respective teams from York and Scarborough hospital trusts have developed excellent working relationships.

“I look forward to hearing from staff in all disciplines and the patients and public of Bridlington, Scarborough, Whitby, and Ryedale to understand their ambitions and fears about this growing partnership.

“There is much to do, but I am confident we can improve quality of care for all our patients.”