Musgrove Quits !
Controversial NHS chairman,
Harold Musgrove, formerly a senior Rover manager, joined the
NHS in 1991 as chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service,
before moving to Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham to over-see
the controversial merger with Solihull Hospital. He became
chairman in Worcestershire in 1998, bringing in changes which
included closing accident and emergency services at
Kidderminster and building the new hospital under the private
finance initiative, then leading the radical shake-up of
Worcestershire health services, He said his surprise decision
to step down early was a result of achieving his goals,
announcing his leaving the health service at the end of the
year - three months before Worcester's new hospital opens
although originally appointed to serve until October
His decision was greeted with
joy from his most prominent political opponent, Dr. Richard
Taylor, Independent MP, who attacked the down-grading of
services at Kidderminster Hospital.
Mr. Musgrove said his only
regret was the failure to appoint a medical director of
surgery since Worcestershire Acute NHS Trust was created 18
months ago. He dismissed Dr. Taylor, saying..
Taylor is a nice old chap but a minor irritant. Kidderminster
is only a small part of services in
Yesterday Dr. Taylor said he
was "staggered" by Mr. Musgrove's departure and
welcomed the news.
"I have not made any secret of the fact that I have found
it difficult, if not impossible, to work with Mr. Musgrove and
I am pleased that he has decided to leave.
"He was brought in to force through changes and the fact
that he is going shows that the plan was flawed and
unenforceable from the start.
"I can only hope against hope that the sort of
personality who takes over will be someone we can work with,
who has a different leadership style, not just for
Kidderminster but for the whole of Worcestershire," said