Health chief steps down

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The chief officer of the organisation reviewing health services at Milton Keynes Hospital has left her post.

Jeannie Ablett, chief officer of Milton Keynes Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), resigned withy immediate effect this week.

The CCGs for Milton Keynes and Bedford are overseeing a £3,2million review which is expected to result in at least one of the two hospitals’ A&E departments undergo a major downgrade.

Mrs Ablett said: “The challenge going forward will be to deliver the transformation outlined in our strategy.

“Milton Keynes CCG will have a central role in ensuring sustainable change happens. Delivering change of the scale and magnitude outlined in our strategy will continue to need strong, committed and sustained leadership over the coming years.

“I have had the privilege of leading the CCG with Dr Nicola Smith thus far, but I believe that now is the right time for me to pass the baton on. I have decided to step aside to allow the CCG to secure the new leadership that can continue to give the energy, focus and commitment to driving through the ambitions we all hold for ensuring excellent local services for the people of Milton Keynes.“

Mrs Ablett has led the CCG since its formation in 2012.