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Chief Executive of troubled NHS Trust resigns saying “life is too short”

Siobhan McArdle, of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is “just too high” and has resigned.

She said she considered demands for further efficiency savings at the trust “too great a challenge”.

In July, its intensive care was given the worst possible rating by watchdogs.

In her resignation email to staff, Ms McArdle said she had “remained true to my own values, vision and high levels of integrity”.

“However, after much debate with my family and friends over the last 12 months, I have now decided that the personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is just too high and life is just too short.”

She warned the trust was “financially unsustainable” without a long-term recovery plan to deal with its debts.

Read more at BBC News.

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