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Hospital chief resigns from post
Peter Reading
Chief executive Peter Reading also oversaw job cuts at the hospitals
The chief executive of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has announced his retirement from the role.

Peter Reading is stepping down just two months after a 700m plan to rebuild Leicester's NHS hospitals was scrapped.

A spokesman has said they were "entering a new chapter in the history of these hospitals" and that is was "the right time for a change".

Mr Reading has been quoted as wanting to spend more time with his family and wanting to explore other options.

The decision to abandon the rebuilding plan drew some criticism as more than 20m had already been spent on it.

Earlier in the year the trust said it was looking to cut hundreds of posts to make budget savings.

He will step down from the 180,000-a-year post on 21 September.

Chief Nurse Pauline Tagg will take over the role until a permanent replacement can be found.

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