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Top medic McBride steps down as Belfast Trust chief

By David Young

Published 02/12/2016

Praised: Dr Michael McBride
Praised: Dr Michael McBride

Health Minister Michelle O'Neill has paid tribute to Northern Ireland's most senior medic.

Dr Michael McBride is stepping down as Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust after two years in the high-profile post.

The Trust has 20,000 employees, and an annual spend of almost £1.3bn. The position had been vacant for eight months before Dr McBride was appointed by former Minister Jim Wells of the DUP.

Dr McBride's responsibilities included improving the performance of unscheduled care services and elective care, as well as leading the development of a new 10-year strategic direction for the organisation.

The Trust is now in the process of recruiting a permanent Chief Executive, who is expected to join the organisation in the New Year.

While he was working as Chief Executive of Belfast Heath Trust, Dr McBride continued to carry out his duties as Chief Medical Officer. And it's understood that he will continue in the latter role.

The Minister said: "I want to pay tribute to the dedication, commitment and hard work of Dr Michael McBride in his role as the Chief Executive of Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

"Dr McBride has championed the innovative work of the Trust and made a significant impact in improving performance, empowering staff and leading the development of a new 10-year strategic direction for the organisation.

"Dr McBride leaves a strong legacy for a new Chief Executive to build on and take forward in the context of the wider transformation of the health and social care system as outlined in my vision, 'Health and Wellbeing 2026 - Delivering Together'."

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