WORKFORCE: An interim chair has been appointed to a London teaching hospital with significant finance problems.

Sir David Henshaw was announced in the role at St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust today.

Sir David is also chair of Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust in Liverpool and Monitor said he would continue in that role while running the south London organisation.

St George’s, which has a turnover of £591m, is working towards a 2015-16 year-end target deficit of £55.1m and has had a turnaround director from KPMG appointed. Its finance director left his post after the summary of a damning report into the trust’s finances was published earlier this year.

In a press release Monitor said: ”Over the last few months, St George’s governors and Monitor have worked closely together on recruiting an experienced leader for the organisation, who would be able to bring about lasting improvements in the trust’s finances and operations.”

London regional director Mark Turner said in a statement: ”By appointing a seasoned NHS leader with real experience of turning around trusts in difficulty, St George’s is making a massive step forward in tackling the financial and operational issues it faces.

”Sir David has a proven track record, and will bring valuable experience to the trust as it seeks to secure high quality services for patients across South London for years to come.”