New role for hospital boss

WWL chief executive Andrew Foster
WWL chief executive Andrew Foster

WIGAN’S hospital boss Andrew Foster is to take on a new six-month role helping out a struggling NHS Trust.

Mr Foster will become the interim chief executive at Birmingham’s Heart of England Trust (HEFT) next month.

HEFT is one of the country’s largest Trusts but received criticism late last year from health watchdog Monitor.

Mr Foster, who was appointed the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust (WWL) chief executive in 2007, said: “Being asked to provide support to Heart of England is recognition of the success and high performance achieved by WWL over recent years.”

WWL deputy chief executive Rob Forster will take over “the day-to-day running of the Trust,” a WWL spokesman said.