Hospital chief to step down

Tony Halsall, chief executive of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust
Tony Halsall, chief executive of the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust

The Chief Executive at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, Tony Halsall, is stepping down.

The trust’s interim chair, Sir David Henshaw, paid tribute to Mr Halsall’s hard work and dedication, despite the issues that the trust is currently dealing with.

Mr Henshaw said: “Over the last five years Tony Halsall has led the trust through difficult times showing considerable loyalty and integrity.

“He has often found himself in the position of taking responsibility for issues when others should have been alongside him.”

The trust’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Finance, Tim Bennett, will act as Chief Executive for the next two weeks after which Sir David will announce the name of the new interim Chief Executive.

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