THE chairman of Wirral University Teaching Hospital has resigned today.

Michael Carr joined the trust in July 2010, having previously been a Non- Executive Director of the Trust from July 2008.

Mr Carr informed health regulator NHS Improvement of his decision to step down today.

Reflecting on his time as chair, Mr Carr said: "In the past eight years at the Trust I have worked with so many excellent Board members, Governors and staff, all determined to do the very best for our patients.

"It is now time for a new leadership team, and I wish the Trust every success for the future."

Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHS Improvement said: "News about Michael Carr’s departure is the right thing for patients and the right thing for staff."

He continued: "This is a trust that has had a number of serious leadership, governance and cultural problems which need to be urgently addressed.

"I'm delighted to be able to announce that our intention is for Sir David Henshaw to join David Jago, who has been the acting chief Executive since December 2017.

"Together they will start the process of turning around the trust and making sure it has a strong, permanent leadership team in place to ensure the changes the trust needs are made and are long-lasting."