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Lord Warner to head new agency

28th February 2007

Ex-minister Lord Warner is to head up a new London agency to develop foundation trusts just two months after resigning from the government.

The former health minister, who championed foundation trusts through parliament, will now lead the Provider Development Agency.

The first of its kind in England, the agency’s role will be to manage London's provider organisations and develop their role, including ensuring all NHS acute trusts achieve foundation status.

Separately the NHS London strategic health authority has appointed Paul Baumann as director of finance and performance and Antony Sumara as turnaround director. Mr Sumara will also continue to act as interim chief executive at Hillingdon primary care trust, where he has halved the £22.5m forecasted deficit for 2006/7.

Mr Baumann’s appointment has provoked concern over his lack of public sector experience and fears his commercial background means he will favour competition over co-operation.

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