TRUST special administrator Matthew Kershaw will become chief executive of a large teaching hospital later this year.

Mr Kershaw has led the failure process at the South London Healthcare Trust since it went into administration last July and will take up the post at the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust in the spring.

South London Healthcare Trust was put on the unsustainable providers regime after losing £1m a week and Mr Kewshaw was tasked with getting it onto safer footing. It was the first hospital trust to be placed in this kind of regime.

The most recent report from Mr Kershaw on the future of the Trust’s health services was published on January 8. One of the most controversial recommendations is the closure of Lewisham Hospital’s A&E.

The document also suggested the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough should be acquired by King's College Hospital NHS Trust and there needed to be £74.9m in efficiency savings.

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt will make a decision on the report in early February.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals chairman Julian Lee said:“I am extremely pleased that Matthew has agreed to be our new Chief Executive.

"Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals is a young and dynamic teaching hospital with a number of extremely exciting developments planned and already in train; not least the £420 million redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital campus which involves the replacement of some of the oldest buildings in the country which still house wards and clinical services.

"Matthew’s track record demonstrates that he is an effective, visionary leader and undoubtedly the person to direct the next chapter in the BSUH story.”

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