THE chief executive of a troubled hospital trust has stepped down from the role.
Julia Squire is to leave the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Dewsbury and District Hospital, for a position at the NHS Confederation.
The trust had faced mounting criticism over the closure of its A&E department at Pontefract hospital.
Stephen Eames, the current chief executive at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, will take over in a few weeks. He worked at Dewsbury earlier in his career.
A proposal to bring in Army medics at Pontefract to cover a shortage of doctors was ruled out by the trust following criticism of the plan from patients and MPs.
The A&E unit in Pontefract has been closed overnight since November 1 last year.
The trust said there was “no question” of military doctors in the department.
Announcing Ms Squire’s departure the trust said she had been “a committed leader who had delivered improvements and overseen the opening of two new hospitals.”
Mr Eames issued a statement saying he had started his career with the NHS in Dewsbury more than 30 years ago and was looking forward to working with the staff.