Professor David Walker, Medical Director of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), has announced that he is to leave the Trust to join the Mid and South Essex Hospitals Group as Chief Medical Officer.

Prof Walker has been responsible for the trust’s response to the failings within the urology department which led to leading consultant Peter Duffy being vindicated in his criticism of the trust’s reaction to his whistleblowing. 

Mr Duffy highlighted significant concerns regarding three of his former colleagues, one of which Prof Walker and the trust have since admitted was responsible for major clinical negligence. 

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive of UHMBT, paid tribute to Prof Walker’s work at the Trust: “David has been instrumental in leading our journey of improvement; his contribution has undoubtedly made a significant difference to the lives of many of our patients.

“He led our clinical response to the Kirkup Investigation with humility and compassion. I will miss David’s clear and calm leadership and wish him and his family the very best of luck and health in the next part of their journey.”

Aaron added: “David will be saying goodbye to the UHMBT family from the 30th of August and we will shortly commence the process of recruiting his successor.”

Prof Walker said: “I’ve been incredibly proud to work at UHMBT with such a talented and caring group of people.

“It is a truly special place and I look forward to watching the Trust from afar as it goes from strength to strength. I’d like to thank everyone, including the local communities, for their support and making me feel so welcome in the first place. I have enjoyed my time at the Trust, but this move provides me with the opportunity to be closer to my family.”