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New health chief appointed to head up Northern trust

Jennifer Walsh is the new chief executive of the Northern health trust

A NEW chief executive has been appointed to head up the Northern health trust following the retirement of its current boss.

Jennifer Walsh, who has acted as interim chief since April, will replace Dr Tony Stevens.

The trust is responsible for Antrim Area Hospital, which houses one of the north's busiest A&E departments, along with the Causeway hospital in Coleraine.

Ms Walsh has worked at senior management level in the NHS for 15 years and will now oversee an organisation which provides health and social care services to a population of almost 470,000, the largest resident population in Northern Ireland.

She said it was an "honour and privilege" to get the job which comes at a time of enormous change as a recovery plan is is implemented across the system to rebuild services while the workforce prepares for a second wave of Covid-19.

The new health chief paid tribute to the organisation's "unified response" to the pandemic.

"I pay tribute to every single member of staff and I look forward to working with them all in doing the right things and in the right ways as we move forward," she said.

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