SOLIHULL Hospital boss Mark Goldman, the man at the centre of the recent maternity row, has announced he is leaving the top job.
Dr Goldman, chief executive of Heart of England Foundation Trust, will retire from his post in August.
The 59-year-old has recently come under fire over the controversial plans to downgrade Solihull’s maternity services.
The trust has also been criticised by health watchdog Monitor - which said that hospitals were failing A&E targets.
Yesterday, the trust said that Dr Goldman had told the board a year ago that he was intending to retire before the end of 2010.
This week’s announcement comes only weeks after trust chairman Clive Wilkinson revealed he would be retiring from his position next month.
Dr Goldman will leave in August this year, following a six-month notice period.
Lisa Dunn, hospital director, said: “He has indicated that if it is in the interest of the trust he would be prepared, following discussions and a formal agreement, to extend this period to allow the chair to settle into post.
“The trust board will commence the process for appointing a new chief executive so that an appointment can be made as close to the date when Mark retires as possible.”
As chief executive, Dr Goldman oversees the trust’s three hospitals - Solihull, Heartlands and Good Hope.
He has served in the NHS for 34 years, previously serving as a medical director and consultant surgeon, before being promoted to the top job.