Nicholson to step down as chief executive of NHS England

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 22 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3364
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

David Nicholson, the chief executive of the NHS in England, has announced his intention to step down by March 2014 at the latest, when he will have completed seven and a half years in the top job.

He may go sooner if a successor has been chosen and the chairman of NHS England, Malcolm Grant, thinks that an earlier change would be in the best interests of the service. Nicholson has been credited with maintaining control of the service at a time of upheaval during the introduction of Andrew Lansley’s reorganisations but has also been criticised for his top-down management style and reluctance to hear unwelcome …

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