Interim bosses appointed at Tameside

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The scandal-hit Tameside Hospital, which serves Glossopdale, has appointed two temporary replacements for the senior bosses who resigned last week after reports revealed high death rates.

Karen James and Brendan Ryan, of Wythenshawe Hospital, will become the interim chief executive and medical director at the Greater Manchester hospital, after Christine Green and Tariq Mahmood stepped down last Wednesday.

Two reviews, which surfaced in the Guardian last Tuesday, revealed severe delays in the assessment, treatment and admission of patients at the hospital, in Ashton-under-Lyne, over March and April.

The reports found patients were left in pain for up to four days to see a consultant while others were left waiting for A and E in a corridor for up to seven hours.

Tameside Hospital, which provides care for 250,000 people in Derbyshire and east Manchester, is one of 14 in England which are under scrutiny, following the Mid Staffordshire scandal earlier this year.

NHS medical director Professor Bruce Keogh was asked to carry out the investigation in February; the results of which have yet to be released.

Dr Alan Dow, chairman of the Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “We will be supporting this new leadership team as they take on the challenges at the hospital and continue to build on the positive changes that independent observers had noted were taking place.

“If the CCG feel that patients are not being listened to and high quality care is not being delivered it will put into place the necessary procedures to rectify this situation.”

Councillor Caitlin Bisknell, leader of High Peak Borough Council, said she was “very concerned” by the reports, saying: “There needs to be significant and sustained improvement across several different areas of care and management.

“I am confident this can be done, and in doing so restore local confidence in the hospital’s ability to meet the needs of people in Glossopdale.”

High Peak MP Andrew Bingham said: “With Ms Green’s departure, I hope that the hospital can move to correct its problems swiftly and set about regaining the trust of my constituents in and around the Glossop area who rely on it.”

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: ““Now the apparent substandard care has been recognised, we will continue to lobby the government to ensure that action is taken.”