Cornwall hospitals get new interim chief executive

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Image caption The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust recently announced it was £3.4m in debt

A new interim chief executive has been appointed to the health trust that runs Cornwall's acute hospitals.

Bill Shields will head the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) from January.

He is currently the joint acting chief executive at Imperial Healthcare NHS Trust in London.

Last week the RCHT revealed it was in an "extraordinarily challenging" financial position, saying it was £3.4m in the red.

The trust operates the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, St Michael's Hospital in Hayle and West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance.

It employs about 4,700 staff and has a budget of £300m.

Mr Shields will take over the role from current acting chief Andrew MacCallum, the RCHT said.

It added that the process to appoint a permanent chief executive would not begin until well into 2015 after a new chairman was appointed to the trust's board.

Current chairwoman's Angela Ballatti term of office finishes in July.

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