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NHS gets new Chief Executive

27th July 2006

28072006_DavidNicholson1.jpgThe government has appointed David Nicholson as the new head of the NHS.

He will take over from Sir Ian Carruthers, who has been acting chief executive since March following the resignation of Sir Nigel Crisp.

David Nicholson, currently chief executive of NHS London, will be tasked with sorting out the NHS' financial problems as a priority. He has 25 years' experience in the NHS, and was formerly chief executive of strategic health authorities in both Birmingham and the Black Country, as well as West Midlands South and Shropshire and Staffordshire.

The appointment of an insider to the post has prompted concern that the government is losing its nerve on its aim to reform the service into a largely health-purchasing organisation. David Nicholson was the only public sector candidate in the shortlist of otherwise private sector candidates compiled after a worldwide search.

However, the NHS Confederation, which represents NHS managers, said the appointment of an insider would "boost morale" in the service.


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