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Hospital chief quits over pressure’ on waiting queues

PUBLISHED: 18:09 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 14:03 05 October 2010

THE boss of the Royal London Hospital has quit amid reports that he was put under pressure over long waiting queues for operations. Julian Nettel steps down from his £115,000-a-year post at the end of the month after only 17 months

By Gemma Collins

THE boss of the Royal London Hospital has quit amid reports that he was put under pressure over long waiting queues for operations.

Chief executive Julian Nettel steps down from his £115,000-a-year post at the end of the month after only 17 months running the Barts and The London NHS trust.

The trust insists he is leaving to “pursue other interests.”

But pres reports this week suggest he resigned after coming under fire for not meeting waiting time targets and not recording these lapses in the correct way.

The most recent Healthcare Commission report revealed that the trust, which runs Bart’s in the City and the London Chest at Bethnal Green as well as the Royal London, was on course to fail four out of 10 of the Government’s new targets.

The East London Advertiser reported last year that 573 patients at the Royal London and St Bartholomew’s over a two-year period had to wait eight weeks longer for their operations than the 26-week target.

The medical trade press has also linked the 55-year-old’s resignation with the trust’s computer problems, as well as concerns about the £1 billion Royal London redevelopment.

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