Martin Kuper having his flu jab at the Whittington Hospital
Published: 8 April, 2014
By TOM FOOT
THE Whittington Hospital has been left with “significant leadership challenges” after its medical director followed the chief executive out of the door this week.
Dr Martin Kuper has announced he will quit the Highgate NHS Trust to take up a new job in the Homerton Hospital in Hackney.
Chief executive Dr Yi Mien Koh announced her resignation on April 1 making a total of eight senior board directors to leave since plans to sell off a large chunk of the hospital and axe hundreds of staff and beds was scrapped in July 2013.
This weeks' board papers said that the boardroom black hole had left “significant leadership challenges in driving change and performance improvement in terms of capacity and capability”.
A report added: “At the executive level, the CEO has resigned. The Chief Finance Officer and Director of Nursing and Patient Experience are both interim appointments, until June 30. The Director of OD and Director of Communications are fixed term appointments. The Trust Secretary post is vacant. Recruitment for permanent staff are under way.”
Former Lib Dem council leader Steve Hitchins, who was appointed chairman of the Whittington in January, has criticised the “weak leadership” of his predecessors at a recent meeting of the Defend Whittington Hospital Coalition.
The Trust is parachuting in Siobhan Harrington, a former Whittington director during Rob Larkman's reign, to take up the role of deputy chief executive.
Dr Kuper, who lives in Islington, is a consultant intensivist and anaesthetist and was one of a group of consultants who signed a letter opposing the closure of the accident and emergency department in 2010. He admitted making mistakes in the sell off plan which he said was over ambitious.