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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Medical director of south Cumbria health trust to retire

THE medical director of the health trust in charge of hospitals in south Cumbria is to retire.

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‘confident’ George Nasmyth

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust, which runs Furness General Hospital, Westmorland General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary, announced George Nasmyth will step down after a replacement is recruited.

The Evening Mail understands his departure is unrelated to an upcoming Care Quality Commission (CQC) report on the trust, due to be published in the coming weeks.

Mr Nasmyth was appointed interim medical director in April 2012, replacing Peter Dyer, while changes were made to the board by then interim chief executive Sir David Henshaw.

He took on the role permanently a short time after.

A statement by chief executive Jackie Daniel said: “George is a valued and respected member of the team and I would like to put on record my thanks for his support and contribution over the last two years.

“It hasn’t been an easy time and George, like a lot of others has given up a good deal of his personal time to help us move forward, particularly with the better care together programme which has taken up many an evening and weekend.

“I am pleased that George will be staying in post whilst we recruit his successor and assist with a smooth handover to the new medical director.”

Advertising for a replacement is underway, and Ms Daniel said a stakeholder event to influence the selection process will take place towards the end of July.

The medical director is responsible for implementing medical policy at the trust, and advising the board on medical and clinical governance.

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