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York health chief takes lead at Scarborough

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Image caption Scarborough hospital has been criticised in a Care Quality Commission report

Staff at a North Yorkshire NHS Trust and a failing hospital considering a merger will have to "understand each other", a chief executive has said.

Scarborough hospital has been dogged by financial and care quality concerns and was criticised by a Care Quality Commission report.

Now the hospital and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are considering a merger.

Mike Proctor, of the York trust, will now take charge at Scarborough.

In a statement from the trust it was announced that Scarborough chief executive, Richard Sunley was to take up a post at the Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust in March.

Integration process

And as discussions about the proposed merger continue, Mike Proctor is taking over at Scarborough to "provide leadership to the integration process".

Mr Proctor said: "Increasingly the teams of Scarborough and York need to work together to understand our respective organisations.

"To begin that cooperation that will inevitably mean that if a merger does occur and it is a new single organisation by April next year that we can hit the ground running and make it work as a single organisation.

Sir Michael Carlisle, chairman of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust, said: "Mike Proctor will be working at Scarborough as acting chief executive to provide leadership to the integration process."

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