Barking, Havering and Redbridge hospital trust’s chief financial officer steps down

Nick Swift has resigned as the chief financial officer of BHRUT. Photo: BHRUT

Nick Swift has resigned as the chief financial officer of BHRUT. Photo: BHRUT - Credit: Archant

The chief financial officer of Barking, Havering and Redbridge’s hospital trust has stepped down as a result of failing to deliver savings at a suitable pace.

Nick Swift, who joined Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) in September last year, has chosen to resign from his post.

In February, the trust - which runs both Queen's and King George hospitals - published a financial plan which it believed will help healthcare bosses make £100million of savings over a two year period.

In 2018/19, the trust was operating with a £60 million defecit.

BHRUT's interim chief executive, Chris Bown said: "Like many NHS organisations our trust has a long history of poor financial performance.

"For more than a year we have been working hard to try and change that and deliver high quality care in a way which is sustainable. We achieved our financial forecast in 2018/19.

"Our challenge has been the pace at which we have delivered savings has been slow.

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"Nick Swift has decided he should be held to account for this and has decided to resign."

He added: "I am disappointed he has decided to leave, but I respect his decision. I would like to pay tribute to Nick. He is a patient-focused leader who has contributed a great deal to our trust and to the NHS."

Mr Swift will remain at the trust until February to allow time for his successor to be appointed.