The chief executive of the beleaguered Northern Health Trust is stepping aside as part of a shake-up launched after long waiting times for emergency care were recorded, it was revealed.
Sean Donaghy is taking up a new post within the NHS in Northern Ireland and the health minister has appointed two senior executives to the Trust: nursing expert Mary Hinds, who will try to improve the record at Antrim and Causeway Hospitals, and Paul Cummings, who will oversee corporate management.
The Trust has faced criticism over long waiting times for emergency treatment, with regular breaches to its four and 12-hour targets.
Health Minister Edwin Poots said today's move, mutually agreed with Mr Donaghy, was aimed at enhancing leadership in a high priority area.
Mr Donaghy said: "I am confident that the new team will have the support of all in the Trust in seeking to resolve the difficulties it has faced over many years.
"I believe they will benefit from the work that I and my colleagues in the Trust have been doing in difficult circumstances over my time in the Trust.
"The staff are rightly proud of the services throughout the Trust and I want to acknowledge their clear commitment to improving emergency care waiting times for the benefit of patients."