• Former NAO chief becomes chair of hospital trust in PM’s constituency

The former head of the National Audit Office Sir Amyas Morse has been appointed chair of a hospital trust.

Sir Amyas, who ran the NAO for 10 years until his retirement in the spring, will take up the chair’s role at Hillingdon Hospitals Foundation Trust next month.

The NAO put NHS finances under close scrutiny, and raised some serious concerns about policy and approaches to financial management during Sir Amyas’ time in post.

He also chaired the board of audit for the United Nations and currently serves as finance committee chair for the Royal College of Surgeons.

Hillingdon Hospital is in Uxbridge and therefore falls in prime minister Boris Johnson’s constituency of Uxbridge and South Ruislip.

Trust chief executive Sarah Tedford said in a statement: “I am looking forward to working with Sir Amyas, ensuring we are able to improve healthcare services for the local population, support our staff to deliver good quality care and ensure our estate is fit for the future.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Professor Elisabeth Paice for serving as our interim chair over the past four months; Lis has led our board well during a challenging time and has promoted the work of our staff.”

The trust’s performance on accident and emergency has improved since last year, when it was one of two trusts to dip below 50 per cent on the type one A&E target, measuring how many patients had been seen within four hours.