Stoke & Staffordshire

Stafford Hospital: Chief executive Lynn Hill-Tout to retire

Lyn Hill-Tout
Image caption Hospital chief executive Lyn Hill-Tout said it had been a "great privilege" to work for the NHS

The chief executive of Stafford Hospital is to retire and will leave her position by the end of May.

Lynn Hill-Tout started at the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust in June 2011.

During that time she has overseen overnight closures of the accident and emergency department and dealt with serious financial problems.

Ms Hill-Tout has worked for the NHS for 39 years, and said it had been a "great privilege".

She said: "Throughout my career I have worked with dedicated and talented people who have worked to provide the very best healthcare for their patients and communities and this is particularly true of my colleagues at Mid Staffordshire".

Professor John Caldwell, the trust's chairman, praised Ms Hill-Tout for leading a major reorganisation at the hospital which led to "substantial improvements to the safety and care of our patients".

The regulator Monitor announced in February that the administration process was to begin at the Mid Staffordshire Trust, which runs both Stafford and Cannock Chase hospitals.

The hospital had reported a drop in annual income of about £4m and had received a £20m bailout from the government in 2012.

Monitor said an independent administrator would take over the running of the trust before coming up with proposals for the long term.

The findings of a public inquiry into "appalling" standards of care at Stafford Hospital between 2005 and 2009 were published last month.

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