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Norfolk and Norwich hospital trust finance director resigns

PUBLISHED: 15:28 06 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:42 06 October 2015

Julie Cave has resigned as director of resources at NNUH.

Julie Cave has resigned as director of resources at NNUH.

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The director responsible for looking after the finances of Norfolk’s biggest health provider has resigned.

Julie Cave, who was director of resources at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH), has left the trust after six years of service.

She was the longest-serving executive director on NNUH’s board.

The trust is currently facing a £9.5m deficit at the end of this financial year.

Ms Cave’s departure leaves the trust with just two permanent directors in the NNUH’s senior management team.

They are Emma McKay, director of nursing, and Jeremy Over, director of workforce.

Sheila Budd, the former deputy director of resources, has been named acting director of finance.

She completes a quartet of non-permanent appointments to the trust’s senior management team.

The others are Mark Davies, interim chief executive, Peter Chapman, interim medical director, and Richard Parker, interim chief operating officer.

The final member of the senior management team is trust chairman John Fry.

In a statement to staff, seen by the EDP, Mr Davies said: “Julie led on finance, and was the accountable officer for Clinical Research Network: Eastern and helped Norfolk’s three acute hospitals to form the Eastern Pathology Alliance, which provides a merged pathology service to all GPs.

“We wish her all the best for the future.”

Ms Cave was responsible for financial services, capital planning and monitoring, information technology, estates and environmental management, and contracting and procurement.

Her departure comes three weeks after the finance director of Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, resigned from his post.

Paul James left Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust along with ex-chief executive Dr Keith McNeil ahead of the publication of a highly-critical report from health watchdog the Care Quality Commission.

The hospital was then said to be running a deficit of £1.2m per week.

See tomorrow’s EDP and Evening News for more on this story.

17 comments

  • So the CEO and FD both resign - the 2 best directors. What about the rest? The chairman & non executive directors and rest of the executive directors should really reflect on their own role in all this. Shame on them.

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    SoSarT

    Friday, October 9, 2015

  • If they can resign before their incompetence is made public they can use the phrase "it was alright when I left it" on their next application for a job in another trust.

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    Shawn Mills

    Thursday, October 8, 2015

  • Did she leave a note for the new encumbent to the effect that "all the monies gone"?

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    DWW25

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • I think there is something far more fundamental up with this area's NHS.. in the past year or two the James Paget and Kings Lynn Hospitals have been in special measures, so has Colchester hospital, the mental health trust. Bury St Edmunds was in something like that,. and Addenbrookes too- now the Norfolk &N has problems. Other parts of the country seem to keep getting lots spent on their NHS places by the government, they seem to call them vanguard funds, but East Anglia always misses out. Why is this? Could it be our lazy local MPs are letting us down yet again? Really, with the way so many old people have moved here Norwich should be planning for a second hospital, they can't keep expecting today's one to fit with tomorrow's needs.

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    john smith

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • If a doctor or consultant resigns (rare I know) then comments in this paper or others are not enabled. I always find this intriguing as it perpetuates the 'perceived' view held by some (certainly not by me) that such staff are fireproof apart from involvement in extreme cases.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Another of Anna Dugdale's 'bullies' quits before pushed ???? .........

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    NorfolknGood

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Honestly these comments are incredible. She is a qualified accountant, highly experienced, with many years of working in the acute sector. Just open your eyes. If you check the financial position of this organisation it's been financially successful under her guidance - so think about what's changed. The NHS is under huge pressure and they're losing good people -Anna Dugdale, and the Addenbrookes CEO and FD too. It's not just Norwich!!

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    Hev

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Totaly failed just not tough enough. When the going get tough they leave. We need some real business people from the private sector to run these things, and bring them into the real world. They are just not good enough. Why was she qualified to do this job. I can find nothing substantial about her.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Tough job and tough place - I worked for her and she was loyal and fair - and did whatever she could for patients - and expected us to as well. What a shame.

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    JohnnyF

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Indeed. A sad day for NNUH.

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    Mo Cz

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • New Interim CEO presumably wants his own 'man'. It's a shame because Ms Cave was very good at her job and a real asset to the Trust.

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    Webby

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • No, they shouldn't have just refurbished the old hospital. It was well past it's best and not fit for purpose. The new one is much better, and only a senile old fool would say the older one was better.

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    Mooseyt5

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Last time I was at the nnuh it was full of people walking from one end to the other with bits of paper in their hands,seems like this is just another con on the part of one government or the other ,they should have refurbed the hosi they had and built a few specialist clinics but what's done is done and the debt will get bigger and bigger ,next stage is special measures then private company comes in to run it,final stage will be health insurance and if you can't afford the treatment you won't get any.

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    trev57

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Another one bites the dust. When is John Fry leaving? Isn't he responsible for this?

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    Kaz24

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • Would be £21m if it wasn't for her.

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    Caro5

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • I expect her financial settlement will increase the deficit even further!

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    beverley

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

  • 9.5 Million Deficit not a bad record to leave behind !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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