Controversial former Basildon hospital chief to stand as Ukip candidate in South Basildon and East Thurrock

THE FORMER chair of Basildon and Thurrock hospital is set to stand as the Ukip candidate for South Basildon and East Thurrock.

Ian Luder replaces Kerry Smith, who quit in controversial circumstances last month.

Luder is a fomer mayor of London and a councillor in Bedford.

The chairman of Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTUH) has stood down from his position with immediate effect to pursue a career in politics.

Ian Luder, who has been with the Trust since April 2012, had previously announced in November last year that he did not intend to continue in the role when his term expires in March 2015.

However his departure has been brought forward after Mr Luder expressed his wish to be put forward as a candidate to stand at the General Election in May. He stood down from his position yesterday (January 13).

Ron Capes, BTUH lead governor, said: “Ian had already announced his decision to stand down as chairman from the end of March after a successful term during which time the Trust came out of special measures following a „good‟ rating from the Care Quality Commission.

“However, after expressing his wish to be considered as a candidate at the General Election, in accordance with Department of Health guidelines it was agreed that he would stand down with immediate effect. We would like to thank Ian for his achievements at BTUH.”

Bob Holmes, the Trust‟s deputy chair, will act as chairman until a successor is appointed. He said: “During Ian‟s time as chairman our hospitals have made significant progress and are now undoubtedly delivering a high standard of care to the people of Basildon and Thurrock. Ian can rightly be proud of the important role his leadership has played in achieving this turnaround.”

The process to appoint a new chairman has already begun. This will be overseen by the

Appointments Committee, which is made up of public, staff and appointed governors from the Trust.

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