MP welcomes appointment of new NHS chief
SOUTHPORT MP Damien Moore has welcomed the appointment of Trish Armstrong-Child as Southport Hospital’s new chief executive.
Trish Armstrong-Child, who is currently the deputy chief executive and director of nursing at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, will take over from current chief Silas Nicholls, who is moving to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust.
The announcement means she becomes the trust’s fourth chief executive in under three years after former chief executive Jonathan Parry was suspended in August 2015 and sacked in October 2016. He was followed by two interim chief executives before Mr Nicholls took on the role in December 2017.
Mr Moore said he enjoyed a close working relationship with Mr Nicholls, which he hopes will continue with the new chief executive.
Mr Moore said: “I am delighted to welcome the announcement of Trish Armstrong-Child MBE as the hospital’s new chief executive. She has shown a strong track record of achievement in her current role as deputy chief executive and director of nursing in Bolton, and I hope that she will bring that expertise and strong leadership to Southport and deliver a quality service for local residents.
“Given the numerous appointments in recent years, I believe it’s imperative Southport has a chief executive who will oversee the progression of the hospital for the long-term future and I look forward to meeting with Trish to ensure Southport Hospital has a bright future.
“I would like to put on record my thanks to Silas for all of the work he has done for our town.”
Meanwhile, Southport’s Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate John Wright has written to his Labour opponent asking her to back a campaign to ‘save Southport Hospital’.
Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust is currently considering re-organisation proposals, with several options on the table including Southport or Ormskirk Hospital to become the ‘hot site’ for the area for major services like A&E; or seek funding for a new hospital somewhere between the two towns.
In his letter to Liz Savage Mr Wright says: “The Liberal Democrat position is clear, any re-organisation must see Southport Hospital become the hot site for the area. If this does not happen, if Ormskirk becomes the hot site, then Southport will lose its A&E department altogether and other key services.
“We hope you will support and work with us on this.”
Liz Savage, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Southport responded: “If Mr Wright had been around for more than five minutes in Southport and not spent so much time trying to be the candidate for South Ribble then he would know we’ve had an ongoing campaign for a number of years to ensure our hospital remains here. If there is ever a significant threat to the hospital then we fight it tooth and nail. Similarly, we’ve highlighted concerns over issues such as the trust’s deficit and problems at the A&E.
“What the Lib Dems are currently indulging in, however, appears to b calculated mischief for political ends.”