NHS boss quits to set up his own firm

Ben Gowland at a press conference in 2012

Ben Gowland at a press conference in 2012

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The county’s NHS boss has quit to set up his own private company and leaves the department on course to overspend up to £3 million before March.

Ben Gowland, chief executive of NHS Nene – which covers South Northants – is stepping down after seven-and-a-half years to set up a new organisation from scratch.

During his tenure, NHS Nene came under fire for closing popular respite home, Favell House, and drastically cutting podiatry services.

It was also placed in financial special measures in 2013 and needed to find £8 million of cuts,

Latest figures from December 2014 shows the trust is on course to overspend between £1.3m and £2.9m by March.

Despite the figures, Mr Gowland said: “I am very sad to be leaving but I know that the organisation is now in a good position.”