Kettering Hospital boss resigns over missed A&E targets

Lorene Read took over as chief executive in September 2011
Lorene Read took over as chief executive in September 2011

Lorene Read, the chief executive of Kettering Hospital, has today (Tuesday, August 27) announced her resignation amid missed accident and emergency targets.

Clare Culpin, Director of Nursing and Quality and Deputy Chief Executive, will be Acting Chief Executive and the Trust will be seeking to make a substantive appointment at the earliest opportunity.

Mrs Read, who had been in the post for almost two years, is standing down after accepting ultimate responsibility for the hospital being unable to achieve consistently the national target for accident and emergency transit times.

The target is for 95 per cent of patients to be dealt with inside four hours. However, between April and June the Kettering General Hospital Foundation Trust dealt with 85 per cent inside the target time. Since July, that figure has increased to 93 per cent.

The hospital’s chairman, Steve Hone, said: “Lorene has served the trust as chief executive for two years and in that time has shown exceptional personal commitment to the role.

“However, the trust has been unable to sustainably achieve the national four hour A&E transit time target and continues to experience continued pressure regarding its financial position. Lorene believes, as accountable officer, that she should accept ultimate responsibility for that performance.

“She has guided the trust through an exceptionally difficult period both within the trust and in the wider health economy and I would like to offer the formal thanks of the board for all her work on our behalf.

“We wish her every success for the future.”