Turnaround expert Antony Sumara has been appointed chief executive of scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire foundation trust.

Monitor has required the foundation to appoint Mr Sumara to replace interim chief Eric Morton, HSJ understands.

Mr Sumara is chief executive of NHS Interim Management and Support and turnaround director at NHS London.

His previous roles include interim chief at Bromley Hospitals trust and Hillingdon primary care trust, and permanent chief at University Hospital of North Staffordshire trust. They all had large debts.

Chesterfield Royal Hospital foundation chief Mr Morton was appointed interim chief at Mid Staffordshire shortly before the Healthcare Commission published its damning report in March.

MPs had been calling for a permanent replacement to be found.

Meanwhile, the trust has announced the appointment of Sir Stephen Moss, former chief executive of Queen’s Medical Centre Nottingham University Hospital trust, as its chair.

Sir Stephen, a former nurse and nursing director, has been a non-executive director at Mid Staffordshire since February. He was a commissioner for the Commission for Health Improvement.