Dr Colin Wilkinson from South Lakes Health Action group said they welcomed the appointment of Sir David Henshaw.
He said: 'Sir David has an impressive CV and reputation. I'm pleased to hear he wants to work with us but I didn't send a letter a month ago with no reply
'Hopefully he will be in touch soon. There does need to be change and I agree it may take a couple of years to get right and we wish him all the best.'
More top news
London Mayor Sadiq Khan's comments on Scottish nationalism prompted a fierce response from Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Police in the Borders are warning the public to be vigilant following reports of bogus workmen operating in the Tweedbank area.
What weather will dominate this weekend?