NHS chief at under-fire trust announces retirement

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THE boss of a Yorkshire hospital facing growing financial 
pressures has announced his retirement.

Brian James was appointed chief executive of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust eight years ago and featured on TV in the BBC series Can Gerry Robinson Fix the NHS?

But last month unions accused trust bosses of planning up to 
750 job cuts by 2015 as part of £50m savings programme.

The organisation is already planning the deepest cuts in the region’s National Health Service in 2012-13 and its regulator last month downgraded its financial rating,warning it will run into major difficulties in 12-18 months unless urgent action is taken.

Trust chairman Peter Lee said: “We are very sad to see Brian leave the trust, his passion has been unquestionable and the changes that he instigated and brought to fruition have benefited our patients, staff and the Rotherham community.”

Mr James said plans were being put in place to secure the trust’s long-term future. “I believe that it is a time for me to hand the baton on to the next generation of leaders with the energy and resilience to take the organisation forward into a bright future,” he said.