The chief executive and acting chairman of Birmingham Women’s Hospital have left within hours of each other following an annual general meeting.
It is unclear why Steve Peak, chief executive of the NHS Trust, and acting chairman Ian Booth both left their roles following a meeting of the executive and non executive directors.
Mr Booth, a consultant paediatrician at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, also stood down as a non-executive director at the trust.
Mr Peak has since taken a new role as a programme director at the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority with immediate effect.
A spokeswoman for Monitor, the independent body that regulates foundation hospital trusts, confirmed the changes but would not comment on the reasons for the sudden departures.
But Birmingham MP Steve McCabe has called on the hospital trust to make a public statement about the changes.
The Labour MP for Selly Oak, who is also a governor at the Women’s Hospital, said: “I genuinely don’t know why this has happened. I found out via an email from another governor.
"But I do think it would be in everybody’s interests for the trust to make a statement to reassure the public. At the moment there are a lot of questions. The chief executive has moved to a job at the Strategic Health Authority and the chairman has also moved.
"It’s not a normal state of affairs, I think that is plain to see. I can’t myself recall a situation where a chief executive and chairman have gone within hours or days of each other.
“I’m not saying anything untoward has happened here at all, but there should be some sort of explanation in order to prevent rumours.
“Monitor should know what has gone on. They are either refusing to talk about this or they don’t know something that they are responsible for knowing.”
A spokeswoman for Monitor said: “Monitor is aware of the situation with regard to the chairman and chief executive at Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.
“We are working closely with the trust governors who have a responsibility to ensure that a replacement chair is appointed and that patients in the trust area continue to receive quality care. We have also been informed that an experienced interim chief executive is also in place.”
The spokeswoman refused to discuss the reasons for the changes. She added that it was a matter for the trust.
Dr Ros Keeton has been appointed interim chief executive and Nigel Gardner is the acting chairman.
No one was available from the hospital trust to comment.