Eastbourne’s MP calls for a ‘fresh start and fresh leadership’ at the DGH

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Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell has welcomed health boss Stuart Welling’s decision to step down – saying it’s the ‘right time’.

Mr Welling, chair of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, revealed today (Tuesday, September 29) that he was stepping down from the role.

He had been in the position for four years and had been due to stand down in the summer. However, health bosses asked him to stay on to provide some continuity after the Trust was rated ‘inadequate’ by the CQC and chief executive Darren Grayson left.

Mrs Ansell said, “The last few years have been testing ones for Mr Welling, the board and the management team.

“This is the right time for him to step down and for there to be a fresh start and a fresh leadership at the trust to take it forward from special measures.

“All efforts should be now put into getting this constituency the healthcare it deserves and I see no reason to dwell on the past.

“I have contacted the Trust Development Authority, who are overseeing special measures to talk about the appointment of the new chairman, which needs to be the new focus.

“With new leaders in prospect we can focus on the half a million people the trust needs to serve. The work now begins to improve services under a new management team that I hope will be appointed without delay.”

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