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Nottingham hospitals chief executive steps down due to battle with Covid

The chief executive at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) has stepped down to “focus on her recovery” after contracting Covid earlier this year.

Tracy Taylor left the NHS trust on Monday, October 4, after almost four years in the role.

Eric Morton, chair at NUH, said her decision to step down came due to the fact she was still suffering with Covid after contracting the virus in July.

“Tracy Taylor has been very unwell with Covid since July and has made the difficult decision to step down from her role to focus on her recovery and getting well again,” he said.

“I would like to thank Tracy for her dedication and commitment to NUH over the last few years and for her contributions, not only to our organisation but to the wider Nottinghamshire healthcare system. We wish Tracy well for the future and for her continued recovery.”

Ms Taylor’s exit comes at a challenging time for the trust, which has been suffering with a host of problems, specifically with its leadership.

NUH was rated as ‘inadequate’ in terms of leadership by the CQC last month, exposing a ‘culture of bullying’.

It has also been forced to scale back its chemotherapy service for some cancer patients as a result of staff shortages.

Mr Morton went on to say that the trust are now searching for her replacement, with Rupert Egginton continuing as acting chief executive in the meantime.

Ms Taylor, who trained as a nurse in Birmingham, joined NUH as chief executive on October 30, 2017.

Before joining the trust, she held chief executive roles at Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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