Ex-Stafford Hospital boss Martin Yeates quits new post at charity

Former Stafford Hospital boss Martin Yeates has quit his new job after a few months in the wake of damning criticism of his part in the NHS scandal.

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Mr Yeates was chief executive at the hospital for four years, during which time up to 1,200 patients are thought to have died after neglect and poor care.

He has now quit as boss of Impact Alcohol and Addiction Services in Shropshire. The early findings of a public inquiry into the Stafford scandal were reported over the weekend.

In a statement read out after a meeting of Impact’s trustees, chairman David Bell said: “With mutual agreement and with immediate effect we have accepted the resignation of Martin Yeates as our chief officer.

“In recent weeks there has been considerable media coverage in the lead up to the final report of the Stafford Hospital inquiry.

“It is essential that the board, our staff and volunteers are not distracted from our important work in caring for those suffering from addiction.”

Mr Yeates’ legal representative Andrew Hodge declined to make any comment.

During the hospital inquiry, Mr Yeates was excused from giving evidence in person on the grounds of ill-health and at the time Mr Hodge claimed his client “would probably never work again”.