Northampton General Hospital has confirmed its chief executive has resigned, just hours after news emerged of talks between NGH and KGH over a possible merger.
Dr Gerry McSorley informed staff yesterday that he will leave in March and a resignation letter is circulating on the internet.
The announcement today of the establishment of partnership talks with Kettering General Hospital is both desirable and essential for the future of Northamptonshire’s hospitals. I am hugely supportive of these talks and have contributed with colleagues to bringing them about over these past months. I have been struck by the enhanced potential for our hospitals to face the challenges ahead if we work in partnership to consider all options both up to and including a full merger of the Trusts.
For me though I have had to make a difficult personal decision on the future. As a Chief Executive I feel that almost my entire senior career has been engaged in similar processes of significant partnership working leading to pre-merger and then to full merger with other hospitals. In my last post before joining NGH I was also involved in the transfer of Hinchingbrooke Hospital to the private sector. When I came to NGH it was with the hope that I would be able to concentrate my efforts on one place without the prospect of doing this all over again. But as I have said, I think that it is both desirable and essential for the hospitals to undertake this work. However, as a result, I have made the decision to leave my post as CEO at NGH at the beginning of March. I am doing so in clear knowledge of the process involved and not the outcome. I do so with sadness as this was not my plan when I came to NGH but believe this to be the right decision for me, and that the partnership talks are the right decision for both hospitals.
I am very grateful for the support of my colleagues in understanding this difficult decision and for their generosity in supporting me in my time here.