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NHS hospital chief executive resigns over admission failures

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The chief executive of an NHS hospital in west London has resigned over mistakes that meant eight patients were left more than 12 hours waiting for admission.

Tara Donnelly has stepped down from her job at West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust after the breaches of the government’s targets for admission times.

According to a statement on the trust’s website, the hospital also failed to observe protocols informing London Strategic Health Authority that the admission target was going to be breached.

Hospital chair Sue Ellen said: ‘Tara, as leader of the organisation, recognised the seriousness of this and therefore decided that the most appropriate course was for her to step down.

‘The Board, with regret, accepted her decision. The Board has launched an internal investigation to review how the hospital can ensure it avoids unnecessary waiting times in the future.’

Dame Jacqueline Docherty, formerly deputy chief executive and director of nursing and operations at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, has been appointed as interim chief executive.

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