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Two new NHS chiefs appointed at strategic health authorities

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New chief executives have been appointed at two strategic health authorities.

Ian Cumming will lead West Midlands SHA, while Bill McCarthy will lead Yorkshire and Humber SHA.

Mr McCarthy is an economist by training and is currently chief executive of York Council, although he has NHS experience from a role of director of planning and performance at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the Department of Health’s director general for health and social care strategy.

Mr Cumming has 25 years’ experience in the NHS and has been a chief executive for 14 years in acute hospitals and a PCT.

He is a health scientist by background and has a particular interest in developing clinical staff as leaders and in medical education.

Mr McCarthy will start work in his new post in August and Mr Cumming will take his post in June.

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