MPs praise work of dedicated leader
NORTH Staffordshire's MPs believe Julia Bridgewater did a good job in difficult circumstances.
Stoke-on-Trent South MP Rob Flello said he had been surprised by Mrs Bridgewater's decision to step down as chief executive of the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.
He said: "I always had a great deal of time for Julia. She has seen the hospital through some very difficult and challenging times. There were the problems when she first took over, and then the opening of the new cancer and maternity units, and of course the move to the new hospital building.
"Whenever I raised concerns on behalf of a constituent or wider ranging issues, she always gave me an open and honest response.
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"Whoever takes over will have to deal with a very different situation, but I think Julia will be a hard act to follow. She will be missed."
Newcastle MP Paul Farrelly agreed that Mrs Bridgewater had been a helpful person to work with, and said he hoped her successor at the trust would take a similar approach.
He said: "Julia has been by far the best chief executive of the hospital in the 12 years I have been an MP.
"She has been the exact opposite of some of the fly-by-nights before, who staff and patients hardly ever saw. Julia rolled her sleeves up and led by example.
"No hospital is ever perfect, and there are always difficult, sometimes tragic cases we have to deal with.
"With Julia, though, there was always an open door to discuss thorny issues and I hope her successors show
the same human face that Julia has done.
"I wish her all the best for the future after serving North Staffordshire, and the new hospital, so well for
more than six years in this demanding, stressful role, and for many more years at the hospital before."