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Sir David determined to carry on

6th March 2013

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson has refused to step down, despite admitting faults over his role in the Stafford Hospital scandal.


Questioned by MPs when he appeared before the Health Select Committee, he spelled out his determination to carry on leading the health service.

However, there have been calls for his resignation over the failings at Stafford, which led to hundreds of needless deaths, and where he headed the health authority that oversaw the hospital for almost a year.

Forty MPs had signed an early day motion calling for Sir David to quit but he has promised to see through the current reorganisations under the government’s NHS reforms.

Committee member Valerie Vaz told Sir David he seemed to be a “process man” who was not focused on quality of care, a description the NHS boss rejected as “unfair.”

Sir David was in the Stafford post for 10 months between 2005 and 2006 at the height of the failings in care and told the committee: “During that period, across the NHS as a whole, patients were not the centre of the way the system operated.”

However, Prime Minister David Cameron has made it clear that Sir David has his backing and his spokesman said Mr Cameron thought he had done “a very good job” as chief executive of the NHS.


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