Hos­pi­tals trust head to stay an­other year

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By KEN MCER­LAIN ken.mcer­lain@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Etken­m­cer­lain

THE boss of Peter­bor­ough’s hospi­tal trust has an­nounced that he will con­tinue in the role for a fur­ther year af­ter pre­vi­ously de­cid­ing to step down.

Nigel Hards an­nounced his de­par­ture as chair­man of the Peter­bor­ough and Stam­ford Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust in March, af­ter spend­ing four years at the helm.

But in a sur­prise move yes­ter­day, the trust an­nounced that Mr Hards had of­fered to con­tinue in the post for a fur­ther 12 months while the trust con­tin­ues to look for a new chair­man.

Mark Bush, lead gov­er­nor for the trust, said: “I am very pleased to an­nounce that Mr Hards has of­fered to con­tinue in his role as chair­man.

“He has been giv­ing se­ri­ous con- sider­a­tion to the tim­ing of the end of his term of of­fice and how that cor­re­sponded to the trust’s po­si­tion.

Mr Bush added: “His of­fer to ex­tend his term with the trust af- fords us the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop a clear and ro­bust tran­si­tion to a new chair­man while we con­tinue to work through our turn­around plan.”

He said: “The hos­pi­tals trust will con­tinue its work to iden­tify a suc­ces­sor to the chair­man role.”

Mr Hards (62) pre­vi­ously said that he was step­ping down from the role in or­der to gain a bet­ter bal­ance be­tween his work and per­sonal life.

Mr Hards spent the first 13 years of his ca­reer in in­ter­na­tional bank­ing be­fore work­ing at the Peter­bor­ough-based hol­i­day gi­ant Thomas Cook for 22 years, even­tu­ally be­com­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive.

His time at the trust has fea­tured highs and lows, with Mr Hards rank­ing im­prove­ments in wait­ing times for surgery and in A&E, as well as the suc­cess­ful tran­si­tion to Peter­bor­ough City Hospi­tal (PCH) among the best things achieved dur­ing his stay.

But he also in­her­ited a mas­sive Pri­vate Fi­nance Ini­tia­tive (PFI) con­tract used to build the new hospi­tal.

This con­tract con­trib­uted to the cur­rent fi­nan­cial prob­lems faced by the trust, which ended the last fi­nan­cial year £46.5 mil­lion in deficit.

NEW TERM: Nigel Hards has agreed to ex­tend his con­tract as chair­man of the hos­pi­tals trust for a year

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