The chief executive of an NHS hospital trust has quit her £300,000-a-year-job after telling staff 'the cost' of being a chief executive within the NHS was 'too high'

Siobhan McArdle has been at the helm of the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in the Middlesbrough region since September 2015.

She claims she has been working in an environment with a 'challenging' financial and regulatory plan.

Ms McArdle decided to step down from the role after 'much debate' with loved ones over the last 12 months.

Salary details published in the trust's annual report for the 2018/19 financial year showed that Ms McArdle earned between £290,000 and £295,000.

In her honest letter Ms McArdle told employees the trust - which has around 9,000 staff - is 'not an organisation that requires improvement'.

She said: 'I have always done my utmost to defend and promote the interests of our organisation.

'And I have done so within a very challenging financial and regulatory environment, in a local health economy that I believe is underfunded and unsustainable.

'Throughout my time in the NHS I am proud to have remained true to my own values, vision and high levels of integrity - values, vision and integrity that I know many of you also share.

'However, after much debate with my family and friends over the last 12 months, I have now decided that the personal cost of being a CEO in the NHS is just too high and life is just too short.'

The trust, which claims to care for 1.5million patients,...

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