NHS Tayside’s chief executive, Gerry Marr, has retired after a career spanning over 40 years in health care, 12 years of which were in Tayside.
Mr Marr assumed the role of chief executive in February 2011, moving from his role as chief operating officer for acute and primary services in Tayside.
He was previously chief executive of the Tayside University Hospitals NHS Trust, a role he assumed in 2001.
Speaking on his retirement, Mr Marr said: “Over the past decade I have been privileged to work with dedicated and skilled individuals and teams who are ensuring that we are constantly focused on making patient experiences better and today I pay tribute to their exceptional effort and commitment to the NHS here in Tayside.
“I always say to staff that here in NHS Tayside we want to be the best at getting better. We are renowned the world over, not only for pioneering surgery and clinical research but also for our work in the field of patient safety. Tayside staff have been at the forefront of ground-breaking patient safety work in Scotland, in the UK and they are now being recognised by health organisations and hospitals all over the world as experts at improving care for patients.
“There is a real buzz here in Tayside and I am immensely proud of all that has achieved over the past few years but I am even prouder of the fact that, thanks to the dedication of all staff at all levels, the people of Tayside have health services they can have confidence in.”
Mr Sandy Watson, chairman of NHS Tayside, paid tribute to Mr Marr, commenting: “Over the past 12 years, Gerry Marr has done a sterling job for NHS Tayside, moving the Board forward in all sorts of areas, particularly in areas of patient safety and improvement science.
“He has left us with a sound legacy and has given NHS Tayside a high profile not just here in Scotland, but also internationally.”
In Mr Marr’s retirement he will be moving to Australia with his wife, Carrie, who is taking up an appointment as an executive director with the Western Sydney Local Health District.