Chief executive of scandal-hit NHS trust to step down
Susan Acott will leave her role next spring, four years after being appointed
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust (EKHUT), which has been hit by significant quality concerns, has announced that Susan Acott will be leaving her position next spring, four years after first being appointed.
Ms Acott oversaw the trust, one of the largest in England, during a period of intense turbulence and scrutiny.
The scandal was exposed by the family of baby Harry Richford who died after a catalogue of errors by maternity staff in November 2017. A coroner ruled his death was the result of neglect and was “wholly avoidable”.
In the first such criminal prosecution of an acute care NHS trust, East Kent Hospitals admitted to failing to provide safe care and treatment for Harry and his mother and was fined £733,000 as a result.
A spokesman for EKHUT said that Ms Acott was leaving to “pursue her interests in helping improve health and wellbeing in coastal communities”.