Sir David Nicholson has announced today that he will be standing down as Chief Executive for NHS England in March 2014.
Following this announcement Julia Manning, Chief Executive of 2020health said:
“Whilst David Nicholson has worked passionately throughout his career to improve services in the NHS , we believe he has made the right decision by deciding now to retire.
The Mid-Staffordshire Scandal which took place and unfolded under his tenure is an inexcusable series of events. Stepping down from his position as Chief Executive of NHS England will not bring justice to the patient’s and their families, nor will it solve the problems that the NHS faces in its wake. But, is the right thing to do for someone who failed to tackle the serious abuse of a significant number of people.
It is imperative that we announce his successor as soon as possible to ensure continuity of leadership at a time when the NHS is under enormous pressure.”