West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper commented:
“It is disappointing news that Silas Nicholls is resigning as Chief Executive of Southport & Ormskirk Hospital. He had brought much needed stability and leadership to the trust after so many interim appointments. It is good that he will still be working within West Lancashire. Whilst I offer personal congratulations to Silas on his new appointment at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, this is not equally good news for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust.
“A lack of stability at director level in recent years has severely hindered the trust. To be without a permanent chief executive at a time of such turbulence in the NHS is a serious concern. This comes at a crucial time especially while the current review of the future of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust and the services it provides is ongoing. I am concerned that losing the chief executive will have a destabilising effect on the hospital and its staff.
“I am meeting with the Regional Director of NHS Improvement on Friday where I will raise my concerns, and be demanding action to urgently appoint a permanent Chief Executive, seeking assurances to improve the quality and provision of NHS health services for West Lancashire residents.”