Hospital’s new chief executive takes over

Hospital’s new chief executive takes over

Hospital’s new chief executive takes over

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IT’S a case of hello and goodbye at Basildon Hospital , with chief executive Alan Whittle stepping down and his replacement, Clare Panniker, stepping into his shoes.

Nine months after Mr Whittle announced he was leaving, Mrs Panniker started her new £153,000-a-year job as chief executive of Basildon and Orsett hospital NHS trust last week.

Mrs Panniker, who has been chief executive of the North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust for the past eight years, said: “I join the trust at a pivotal time. Much has been achieved and there is much to be proud of.”

Mr Whittle announced plans to move on in January. He had been in charge of the hospital since 2004 and steered the trust through some of its most difficult times.

During his term at Basildon he had to handle issues including a much-publicised A&E hygiene scandal, 14 cases of Legionnaires’ disease and the death of Kyle Flack, in October 2006.

Severely disabled Kyle, 20, of Corringham was admitted for a stomach complaint, but died after his head became trapped between the rails of his hospital bed, suffocating him.

The hospital was later fined £50,000 for failing in its duty of care towards Kyle and Mr Whittle faced public calls to resign. However, he vowed to carry on.

Hinting she was aware of the need for a fresh start at the hospital, Mrs Panniker said “As in any hospital which seeks to provide excellent quality of care, there is more to be done.

“I look forward to leading the trust through this important next phase.”

Last week, the hospital declared it was finally winning the war on Legionnaires’ which had damaged its reputation. Officials assured patients there was now just a one million chance of contracting the pneumonia-like bug l Mr Whittle is not the only senior manager who is on the move.

Medical director Dr Stephen Morgan announced two weeks ago he was leaving to concentrate on running a full time community medical practice in the community.

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8:50am Tue 25 Sep 12

DEBT*COLLECTOR says...

Does anyone know if this Mrs Panniker is related to the top Neurologist in the uk that has a private hospital practice in Queens square London WC2 and in charge at the UCH Gower Street ? If it is then she will do a good job not like Alan Wittle who was an absolute scoundrell. If she is the wife of Mr Panniker then they are top notch people and genuine. Its such an unusual name thats why I ask ?????????
Does anyone know if this Mrs Panniker is related to the top Neurologist in the uk that has a private hospital practice in Queens square London WC2 and in charge at the UCH Gower Street ? If it is then she will do a good job not like Alan Wittle who was an absolute scoundrell. If she is the wife of Mr Panniker then they are top notch people and genuine. Its such an unusual name thats why I ask ????????? DEBT*COLLECTOR
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9:13am Tue 25 Sep 12

The Yellow Peril says...

Clare Panniker - I hope she isn't one!
Clare Panniker - I hope she isn't one! The Yellow Peril
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5:17pm Tue 25 Sep 12

LdV says...

THIS change of CE is painfully overdue.
Good luck to her.
DON'T break a leg!
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THIS change of CE is painfully overdue. Good luck to her. DON'T break a leg! ... LdV
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6:58pm Tue 25 Sep 12

E-Types... says...

They are all on a roundabout...keep tabs on where Whittle goes and you will see he replaces someone who moves on to replace someone else etc etc.
They are all on a roundabout...keep tabs on where Whittle goes and you will see he replaces someone who moves on to replace someone else etc etc. E-Types...
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1:59pm Wed 26 Sep 12

LdV says...

@ E-Types - yes, but Mr Whittle has got his small bag of silver - he can afford to take his foot of the gas and start counting it.
They are mostly company men and women. They represent the brand - not people. It's just that some are more integral than others.
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@ E-Types - yes, but Mr Whittle has got his small bag of silver - he can afford to take his foot of the gas and start counting it. They are mostly company men and women. They represent the brand - not people. It's just that some are more integral than others. ... LdV
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