New North East health bosses appointed

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BOSSES of the new health board which will represent the North East have been named.

From October 3, the current strategic health authority, NHS North East, will merge with NHS Yorkshire & the Humber and NHS North West, creating a single cluster for the entire northern region.

The management team will be headed Ian Dalton, chief executive of NHS North East.

He has now appointed a senior executive team, made up of chief operating officer Richard Barker, chief nurse Jane Cummings, director of finance Mark Ogden and medical director Professor Stephen Singleton.

They will be joined by director of workforce and education Tim Gilpin and cluster director of public health Professor Paul Johnstone.

Although both board members, they will not have voting rights.