Man with no shame NHS boss to retire
The man with no shame- NHS boss Sir David Nicholson has announed that he will retire next year.
Sir David has announced he will step down in March 2014 from his position as chief executive of NHS England.
He has spent seven years in charge of the NHS, but in recent months has faced repeated calls to resign over his role in the Stafford Hospital scandal.
He spent 10 months in charge of the local health authority in 2005 and 2006 at the height of the problems which led to hundreds of needless deaths.
Soon after that, he was appointed NHS chief executive, before taking charge of NHS England, the body set up under the government’s reforms to take charge of day-to-day running of the health service.
Campaigners and MPs had called for him to resign after publication of the public inquiry into the failings, which involved the neglect and abuse of vulnerable patients.
The report published in February said the system has “betrayed” the public by putting corporate self-interest ahead of patients.
In March, Sir David, whose career in the NHS spans 35 years, told MPs on the Health Select Committee he was determined to carry on despite the furore over his involvement.
But in his letter to bosses announcing his retirement from the £211,000-post, he said “recent events continue to show that on occasion the NHS can still sometimes fail patients, their families and carers”.
He also said by giving such notice he hoped to give NHS England time to recruit a high calibre successor while continuing to give stability while the changes, which came into force in April, bed in.
But Julie Bailey, from the campaign group Cure the NHS, which has led the calls for the under-fire boss to resign, said that his position had been untenable since the publication of the public inquiry.
“It is fantastic news. This is the start of the cure for the NHS. We can start to look to the future now. He was part of the problem – not part of the solution. We now need a leader who will galvanise and inspire the front line, not bully them.”
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