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NHS London Chief Exec named

29th March 2007

Ruth Carnall's position as interim Chief Executive of NHS London was made permanent in March.

She took on the role on an interim basis last September when David Nicholson was appointed NHS chief executive.

David Nicholson said: "I strongly believe we have found the right person to lead the NHS in London. Since she took up the post on an interim basis, Ruth has helped bring London's finances under control so that the health service in the capital should break even by next Spring."

The appointment comes in the wake of questions in Parliament over the appointment of former health minister for the capital, Lord Warner, to a key job at NHS London. Lord Warner receives £30,000 a year for working a day-and-a-half each week as chairman of the London Provider Agency which oversees hospital performance. He is to work alongside former Downing Street health adviser Paul Corrigan who is married to Labour chief whip Hilary Armstrong. Corrigan is now director of strategy and commissioning at NHS London, which critics say is no more than a “grace and favour? appointment.
Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley has written to department of health officials to say the appointment of Lord Warner was improper. He said: “NHS London approached Norman Warner while he was still minister responsible for London and the reform agenda. It was completely improper - technically, they were approaching their boss.?

He said Lord Warner and Corrigan were key architects of the current policy to introduce more private sector involvement into the NHS. But Ruth Carnall countered saying: "The notion that I have put in place a team with the aim of privatising the NHS in London is nonsense."

Ruth Carnall acknowledged that two appointments were always likely to be politicised. But in an interview with HSJ she said that London was 'lucky to have' the team. On Paul Corrigan's appointment, she recognised that it seemed controversial but said it was an easy decision. "He applied for the job and was the best person for it. We are lucky to have him."

Regarding Lord Warner's role, she commented: "I think it is a shame for Norman that it has been politicised because he is fantastically able man and will be really great in this role."

The new management team for London Strategic Health Authority is:

  • Ruth Carnall - Chief Executive.
  • Professor Paul Corrigan, who is Tony Blair's special adviser on health and widely regarded as an architect of the current market reforms. He will start work director of strategy and commissioning in the summer.
  • Lord Warner, former health minister, now chair of London's Provider Development Agency where he will steer trusts towards foundation status.
  • Malcolm Stamp, PDA chief executive. He was one of the first foundation trust chief executives. He is currently chief executive of Waikato district health board, Hamilton, New Zealand.
  • Paul Baumann, director of performance and finance, formerly a finance director from Unilever.
  • Antony Sumara, turnaround director, known for his work in troubled trusts, more latterly at Hillingdon PCT where he proposed to contract out the majority of the PCTs functions to the private sector to save money.


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