I am really sorry that Sam Jones is leaving West Herts Hospital Trust for a new national NHS role. It is clearly a tremendous opportunity for her. But her leadership at West Herts will be sorely missed.
There was a real sense that West Herts Trust’s longstanding problems were being gripped. Our local hospitals can hardly afford yet another turnover of top management, particularly in the middle of the strategic review of NHS services in the west of Hertfordshire.
I wish Sam’s interim replacement Jac Kelly well and I have asked for a meeting as soon as possible – but West Herts has been beset by interim appointments for far too long, the contrast could not be greater with the relative stability of East and North Herts Trust.
On a separate note, the current nationwide crisis in A&E and the number of other health trusts cancelling non-urgent operations in order to cope reinforces the wisdom of the decision to use the St Albans site for West Herts elective surgery. It is essential this is not lost in the current review.