A book on failure, by man who closed A&E

Jan Filochowski, who is leaving the post of chief executive at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust.

Jan Filochowski, who is leaving the post of chief executive at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust.

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The man who oversaw the closure of Hemel Hempstead Hospital’s accident and emergency unit has published a new management guidebook about how to avoid failure.

Jan Filochowski helped improve the rankings of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust during his tenure as its chief executive from 2007 to 2012.

But he came under fire for overseeing the closure of the accident and emergency unit at Hemel Hempstead Hospital as services were centralised in Watford.

His new book Too Good To Fail? urges business leaders to examine the routes of failure, so that they can discover those of success.

Mr Filochowski said: “No one succeeds in business without having made mistakes, and under-performance is a common management concern.”

He said his own experience has taught him that learning from past mistakes and understanding them can help organisations achieve long-term success.

Mr Filochowski was appointed chief executive of London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for children in August last year.