FINANCE: The University Hospital of North Staffordshire will pay its new interim chief executive £211,000 a day.

The West Midlands trust has confirmed the salary of acting chief executive Jim Birrell, who was previously at the University Hospitals of Leicester.

He will take over from existing chief executive Julia Bridgewater next week. Ms Bridgewater resigned earlier this month after the trust revealed a sudden deterioration in its finances.

It went from a predicted end of year surplus of £2m to a shock deficit of £23m.