Hospital boss to help crisis trust

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THE former chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has stepped in to help a crisis-hit health trust in West Yorkshire.

David Stone, who retired in December after more than a decade as chairman at Sheffield hospitals, has taken over as acting chairman of Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which is in turmoil after the resignation of its chief executive Julia Squire and departure of chairman Ed Anderson.

The trust, which runs hospitals in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury, has come under fire after revelations it is facing a £20 million deficit this financial year. It has also been criticised for closing A&E in Pontefract overnight since November, because it cannot recruit enough doctors.