The chairman of a Birmingham hospital has quit after consultants recorded a vote of no confidence in management.
Laurence James will leave his role at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Selly Oak with immediate effect.
A hospital spokeswoman said his departure was related to “concerns by consultants with regard to some local issues”.
She would not reveal exactly what the problems related to.
But a source said: “Six senior surgeons at the hospital had a closed meeting where they recorded a vote of no confidence in the hospital management.
“Apparently this had been building up for months.”
Hospital chief executive Donal O’Donoghue said the concerns of medical staff were related to changes taking place to modernise services.
He said: “Consultants appear to have concerns about the rate of change and the way in which some of the changes were implemented.
“The board and senior team are committed to ensuring all staff are better engaged in the future.”
A statement was also released by the hospital on behalf of Mr James.
He said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Royal Orthopaedic.
“It has a proud history and a fantastic staff team who both deserve and receive the praise of many patients for the excellent care provided.
“I had hoped to serve my full term but believe it to be in the wider interest of the organisation that I leave now to make way for fresh leadership.”
Alan Last, lead governor for the hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Laurence has been an excellent chairman. He brought sound business skills and was hugely visible in the organisation.
“The trust’s governors were sad to receive his resignation, and thank him for considering the needs of the organisation above his own.”
A spokesman said the hospital was one of only a few specialist Foundation Trusts in the country and continued to perform at the highest level, to the satisfaction of watchdogs the Care Quality Commission and Monitor.