Did anybody else notice this piece of humiliation for Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, or was it hidden behind Brexit and the Tories’ Sunday trading defeat?
Jeremy Hunt was accused of betraying NHS whistleblowers after the tsar appointed to protect them quit before she even started.
And key figures said the blundering Health Secretary put patient safety at risk by hiring nurse Dame Eileen Sills on a part-time basis instead of a full-time, independent chief as National Guardian.
She resigned after admitting she could not combine her £174,000-a-year job at one of Britain’s busiest hospital trusts with her new two-day role encouraging staff to lift the lid on appalling treatment in the NHS without fear of recrimination.
Dame Eileen, who is Director of Patient Experience and Infection Control at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in South London, was due to officially begin her new job on April 1.
Mr Hunt had praised her January appointment, declaring that he was “confident” she would “inspire” staff to speak out about treatment.
But in a statement, Dame Eileen, a nurse for more than 30 years, said “increasing challenges NHS providers face” meant she could not do “justice to both roles”.
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