The Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s Board of Trustees will be meeting next week to discuss recruiting a new chief executive after Graham Elderfield announced he was stepping down.
Elderfield’s NHS career goes back 35 years. It is not known if the bad publicity in local press this year may of helped make the decision. In March 2010 news came out that Elderfield was roumoured to be on £80,000 a year salary. He also made a dessision to no longer accept public money donated by islanders via Isle of Wight Gazette news stands.
The decision to refuse donations left many islanders upset and angry with many of then refusing to support the hospice until he stood down.
Chief Executive of the Earl Mountbatten told Isle of Wight radio it was a very difficult decision to make, and Island’s support for the annual Walk the Wight hospice fundraiser is one of the many things he will remember.