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Department of Health statement: Appointment of a new Chair for Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts

18th February 2011

Dr David Bennett has been appointed the new Chair of Monitor, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced today.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said:

"I am delighted to announce that I have appointed Dr David Bennett to be the new Chair of Monitor.

"Our plans to modernise the NHS will give Monitor a new, expanded role as economic regulator to promote competition and ensure it works in the interest of patients and taxpayers.

“The new economic regulator will have a significantly different set of responsibilities from Monitor in its current form and, with his wealth of experience, I am confident that David will successfully lead the organisation through the changes ahead.”

Dr David Bennett said:

“After nearly 12 months as Interim Chief Executive at Monitor I am delighted that the Secretary of State has asked me to take on the role of Chair.

“The successful implementation of this next phase of reform for health and adult social care, if agreed by Parliament, will be critical to ensuring that the sector can continue to provide affordable, high quality care, and Monitor will play a central role in making sure this is so.

“I have been greatly impressed by the professionalism and dedication of the many colleagues I have worked with over this last year, both inside Monitor and beyond, and I look forward to continuing our partnership as we embark on this exciting and undoubtedly challenging next phase.”

Dr Bennett was recruited under an open recruitment process in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.  The Appointments Commission undertook an independent recruitment exercise on behalf of the Department of Health.  The remuneration for the post will be up to £57k for 2 days a week.

Dr Bennett replaces Steve Bundred, who has held the position of Chair since May 2010. 

 

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