Resignation of Health Minister31st May 2006
Health minister Jane Kennedy, MP for Liverpool Wavertree, returned to the backbenches, resigning after the appointment of former Liverpool council chief executive Sir David Henshaw as chair of the new North West SHA.
She told the HSJ that her position became untenable after the appointment of Sir David. Jane Kennedy was the senior DoH minister responsible for quality and delivery in the NHS.
Her opposition was backed by 22 Merseyside MPs, who signed a letter to NHS Appointments Commission chair Sir William Wells saying they would find it extremely difficult to work with him. Three other ministers signed the letter but were ordered to withdraw their signatures due to their ministerial status.
Another factor in the resignation of Ms Kennedy was her concerns over Payment by Results. A spokeswoman confirmed that Ms Kennedy had 'serious concerns' about why Payment by Results was being implemented before hospitals were ready. Last month the heads of the UK's leading children's hospitals, including Alder Hey which is in Ms Kennedy's constituency, warned that Payment by Results would cause problems and lead to cuts
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Title: Resignation of Health Minister
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 364
Date Added: 31st May 2006