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24th April 2017

Dr Yi Mien Koh, Whittington Hospital's chief executive, quits top job in 'bolt from the blue' announcement

    Dr Yi Mien Koh: 'Whittington Health needs someone to take the Trust forward on its journey to Foundation Trust'

    Published: 18 March, 2014
    by ANDREW JOHNSON

    THE Whittington Hospital’s chief executive, Dr Yi Mien Koh, is to quit next month after three years in the high-pressure job.

    Her shock announcement this afternoon – Islington’s observer on the hospital board said he was given no warning – comes after a disastrous decision to sell off six hospital buildings was overturned following a huge public campaign.

    It also comes shortly after former Islington Lib Dem leader Steve Hitchens was appointed chairman of the hospital Trust.

    Dr Koh said: “I have had three very happy years at Whittington Health. However, I feel that I have taken the Trust as far as I can. Whittington Health needs someone to take the Trust forward on its journey to Foundation Trust.

    “I have had a number of approaches and am looking forward to the challenges the opportunities may present.

    “I would like to thank all of our hard-working staff for always putting patients and service users first. It has been an honour to lead such a dedicated and passionate group of people whose enthusiasm and care have encouraged and inspired me every day.

    “I will miss working with many great colleagues and would like to wish the Trust well for its future.

    Trust chairman Steve Hitchins added: “I would like to thank Yi Mien for her hard work, energy and expertise in taking the organisation forward as an integrated care organisation. Much progress has been made in coordinating our services with the community and social care. I wish her every success in the future.”

    Dr Koh will be replaced by Simon Pleydell who will take over as interim chief executive on April 1.

    Mr Pleydell was chief executive at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for nine years until 2012 where he led the Trust through financial turnaround to Foundation Trust status. More recently, he has been working at the NHS Confederation as an associate director leading on innovation, improvement and change policy.

    Islington Councillor Paul Convery, the Town Hall's observer on the board, described the announcement as a “bolt from the blue”.

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