‘Life is too short’ said Siobhan McArdle as she reiterated one of life’s oldest mantras while stepping down after four years at the South Tees Hospitals Trust.
The NHS CEO in an email to the staff said she considered the demands for further efficiency savings were too challenging and described the current scenario as a tedious financial and regulatory environment as factors in her decision to leave.
She added the South Tees local health economy was both underfunded and unsustainable. She also cited the “personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is just too high” in an email.
Ms. McArdle, who became chief executive in September 2015 after joining the trust earlier that year as director of transformation, said she had survived longer as a CEO than she had expected given her reputation for straight speaking.
Ms McArdle, who previously worked as a management consultant, praised staff for their efforts and hard work. She urged them to get behind the trust’s senior management team.
During its inspection of the trust this year, the CQC rated the trust as “requires improvement” overall and in the well-led domain.
In its latest board performance report, the trust was £4.4m behind plan, and failing to hit accident and emergency, concerning treatment, and cancer waiting times.
Chair of the trust, Alan Downey thanked Siobhan for the tremendous contribution she made to the trust and wished her every success as she embarked on the next stage in her career. He said, the board of directors, council of governors and he were sorry that Siobhan has decided to resign as chief executive after serving the trust so well. However, we completely understand that, after more than four years of giving her all to the organization, she feels now is the right time to move on to new challenges and opportunities.