Central Queensland Hospital and Health boss resigns
UPDATE 10.17AM: CQHHS board chair Charles Ware has announced a temporary replacement will be identified for the position while an international recruitment campaign was launched to replace Mr Richards.
"I extend my thanks to Len for the significant impact he has had during the past two and a half years with the health service," Mr Ware said.
"Len has delivered significant improvements and achievements for staff and patients across Central Queensland and his commitment to patient safety has started our transformation towards becoming the safest health service in Queensland.
"On behalf of the Board I wish Len every success in his new position. I am sure he will be keeping a close watch on the development of our new cardiac service which will save hundreds of patients a year travelling to Brisbane for treatment, and the Rockhampton Hospital car park."
ROCKHAMPTON Hospital boss Len Richards has officially resigned from his position as Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service CEO.
Mr Richards, who led the CQ Health Everest Trek expedition last year, is leaving the region to take up the position of deputy director-general of health in South Australia.
Mr Richards, whose area also covers Gladstone, moved to Australia in 2013 after 26 years with the National Health Service in Great Britain.
CQHHS board chair Charles Ware has described Mr Richards' move as a "career progression" and that he leaves with "best wishes."