Magazine article Public Finance

Insider Appointed to NHS Chief Executive Post

Magazine article Public Finance

Insider Appointed to NHS Chief Executive Post

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Unions and professional associations in the NHS have welcomed the appointment of an NHS insider as the service's new chief executive.

The appointment of David Nicholson - the chief executive of the London Strategic Health Authority - has been greeted as an indication that traditional public sector skills and values are still important to the NHS at a time of increased private sector involvement.

British Medical Association chair James Johnson said: 'Nicholson's values and ethos are steeped in the NHS and this is good news for patients and doctors.'

The appointment was advertised internationally and it was rumoured that the Department of Health had hoped to attract a high-flyer from the private sector on a salary expected to exceed £270,000.

Instead, a panel led by the civil service commissioner Janet Paraskeva and Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell appointed Nicholson, who has 25 years of experience in the NHS. …

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