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A new chairman is being sought to lead East Kent Hospitals Trust, including Thanet's QEQM Hospital

A new chairman is being sought to lead East Kent Hospitals Trust, including Thanet’s QEQM Hospital

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The East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust is advertising for a new chairman to lead its board of directors.

The trust which runs hospitals in Thanet, Dover, Folkestone, Ashford, Deal and Canterbury, has a turnover of approximately £520 million.

The current chairman, Nicholas Wells, announced he was standing down in January after seven years as chairman and nearly two decades on the board.

The job of chairman is being advertised on the Guardian jobs site and says that the successful candidate will have to work at least three days a week to earn the £50,000.

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The advertisement reads: “The trust has a firm plan of action in place and as the new chair you will ensure EKH delivers it, and reestablishes its reputation for excellence in healthcare delivery.”

In August a report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) described East Kent University Hospitals Trust as ‘inadequate’.

The trust’s chief executive Stuart Bain is also stepping down and is due to retire at the end of March. An interim chief executive, Chris Bown.

Mr Bown led Poole Hospital Foundation Trust and West Suffolk Trust for a total of 10 years.

He started his NHS career in London working at both Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. Most recently he has taken interim roles as managing director of County Hospital, Stafford – previously Mid Staffs Hospital Foundation Trust – which ran Stafford hospital where an estimated 400 to 1,200 patients died as a result of poor care between January 2005 and March 2009.

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