NHS board chairman retires
Dumfries and Galloway NHS board chairman Phil Jones has stepped down after four years at the helm.
Mr Jones has seen a number of major accomplishments within the organisation during his term.
These have included the completion of work to digitise 60- million paper records, the redesign of the regional mental health clinical service and work to grow the number of volunteers to 200.
And in July this year, he welcomed The Princess Royal to officially open the £ 213 million Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, which was completed on time and on budget last December.
Mr Jones, a former chief executive of Dumfries and Galloway Council, officially left the NHS last Wednesday.
He said: “Serving as the chairman of NHS Dumfries and Galloway, particularly during such a challenging and exciting time for our region, has undoubtedly given me some of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I am deeply proud of what we have achieved together.
“It’s never easy to know when to leave but having considered the last four years and what I’ve been able to contribute I feel that I leave NHS Dumfries and Galloway in good shape and in good hands.”
In the interim, the role of NHS chairman will be filled by vicechairman Penny Halliday.
Departure Former NHS chairman Phil Jones with members of the board