New NHS job for hospital boss who had to quit

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THE man who quit as boss of hospitals in west Herts due to poor performance has returned to a top job in the county’s NHS.

David Law resigned as chief executive of West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust in 2007 after it racked up millions of pounds of debt and watchdogs rated it among the worst in the country for two years running.

Now Mr Law is to be chief executive at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, which runs services including community nursing, physiotherapy and health visiting.

Trust chairman Declan O’Farrell, also commenting on the appointment of Hemal Desai as medical director, said: “We are delighted to have been able to acquire the services of such high quality people.”

Mr Law spent three years as hospital boss, overseeing the closure of the Hemel Birth Centre, the end of plans for a ‘surgicentre’ in the town, centralisation of services in Watford and the move of planned surgery to St Albans, later described by his successor as ‘botched’.

After leaving the trust he worked for the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.