Morecambe Bay chief exec steps down

We didn’t report it on EHI but another an interesting news development in past week was the announcement that the Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Tony Halsall, is stepping down.

The announcement is a reminder that the trust has a lot more on its plate than the long-running implementation of Lorenzo. The trust has had serious problems that go back years, including in its maternity department, failed bid to take over a neighbouring trust and the news last year that Monitor was intervening.

But being in turn-around doesn’t necessarily make the trust more likely to be a reference site for other potential Lorenzo adopters. It must surely also mean that the trust is less likely to be focused on using the new system to change its clinical processes. As ever the technology is a whole lot easier than managing how you use it to change how services are delivered, which takes real management skill and focus.

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