New code announced for NHS appointments

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 25 February 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:486

The British health secretary, Virginia Bottomley, last week issued new guidelines to clarify the appointments of 4000 members of health authorities and NHS trusts in England, who control spending of more than pounds sterling30bn a year. The move follows accusations against the government of political patronage.

Future vacancies for non-executive directors will be advertised, and candidates will be vetted by sifting panels before ministerial approval is given. The move came as the Nolan committee on standards in public …

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