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Belfast Trust chief executive Colm Donaghy resigns

The head of the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Colm Donaghy, has resigned

Mr Donaghy, who took up the post in 2010 and has worked in the health service for over 20 years,  is to become chief executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The Belfast Trust has come under fire over recent months, following serious concerns over the Royal Victoria Hospital's ability to cope in its A&E.

A 'Major Incident' was declared at the RVH in January with 'mayhem' also reported in February.

A heavy influx of patients led to "pure mayhem", according to staff.

Initial findings of the watchdog body, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA), also finding evidence of fears over staffing levels, bullying and a dysfunctional healthcare system.

In a statement, Mr Donaghy said: "Health and Social Care is undergoing tremendous transformational change and Belfast Trust is at the heart of that.

"The opportunity for Belfast Trust in the future to deliver even better and more innovative services to the people of Belfast and to the regional population is unbounded.

"However, moving to Sussex is an exciting chapter and one that will, no doubt, present me with new challenges - all of which I am looking forward to."

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