NHS boss quits - reaction from MPs

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THE cash-strapped trust which runs Pinderfields hospital has replaced its chief executive.

Julia Squire, who had been chief executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust for the past five years, left her post – just days after it emerged the trust faces a deficit of almost £20m

Stephen Eames, chief executive of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, will now join the trust as interim chief executive in March.

And Ms Squire will start a new role with the NHS Confederation.

Tracey McErlain-Burns, chief nurse at the trust, will act as interim chief executive until Mr Eames takes up his new role.

Hemsworth MP Jon Trickett said Ms Squire’s departure was inevitable.

He said: “The main thing now is to focus on the future. This is a chance to make a new start and the new chief executive needs to be very determined and very bold to solve the problems the trust is facing.”

Mid Yorkshire has also faced an angry public backlash to the overnight closure of Pontefract A&E

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The trust failed to recruit enough middle-grade doctors to staff the department.

Talks were held to bring in army doctors to reopen the A&E - but the plan was abandoned this week.

Normanton MP Yvette Cooper said: “I hope the new management will recognise the importance of working with local people and respecting the promises that were made on services at Pontefract.”