Union’s relief as Grayson quits Hastings hospital

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The health service union GMB is the latest organisation to welcome the resignation of controversial hospital boss Darren Grayson.

Mr Grayson stepped down from his post as chief executive of the trust, which runs both Eastbourne DGH and Conquest Hospital in Hastings last week.

Gary Palmer from GMB said, “We have been calling for this for over a year because ultimately he was responsible for the damning CQC report and disastrous rushed changes to services at the trust.

“GMB raised numerous grievances on behalf of its members for those rushed changes and service changes – one of which involved admin and clerical staff. These resulted in protests outside Eastbourne District General Hospital and on another occasion joining with the public and other interested groups for a march through the Eastbourne town centre.

“The trust has stated this year’s proposed financial savings cannot safely match the level of financial cuts imposed over the last financial year. GMB consider this is an admission that those previous cuts were too severe and ultimately compromised the service which the GMB believe was one of the factors for the poor CQC reports.

“The chief executive did not listen to his own staff, public opinion or GMB. Instead he openly criticised and blamed those, including GMB, for challenging him and his management style.

“GMB consider the trust chairman Stuart Welling should also stand down too and quit.”

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