Head of private firm who brokered first deal to run NHS hospital steps down

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 06 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8321
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The founder of Circle Holdings, Ali Parsa, has stepped down from his role as chief executive without a permanent successor in place.

The move came as a surprise, because as recently as last weekend Parsa had been bullish about prospects. In a feature by Dominic Lawson in the Sunday Times strongly supportive of the changes that Circle has made at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Parsa was quoted as saying, “I honestly cannot see why we should not be running many, many NHS hospitals.”1 In his resignation statement, however, he said that he needed more time for other projects.

The company itself has in the past made it clear that it regarded Parsa as vital to its future. When it …

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