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Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust appoints interim boss

Dr Mark Newbold
Image caption Dr Mark Newbold said intervention by Monitor had prompted him to reconsider his position

A health trust that runs three West Midlands hospitals has appointed an interim replacement for its chief executive who resigned on Monday.

Dr Mark Newbold said "the time was right" to leave the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.

Last month the trust was criticised for failing to improve A&E waiting times and reduce death rates.

The trust said Dr Andrew Catto, its current medical director, would take over as chief executive.

More permanent arrangements will be announced "in due course", a statement said.

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