Former New Labour health adviser is named as NHS England’s new chief executive

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 24 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6464
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. 1London

Simon Stevens, a former adviser on health to Tony Blair before becoming a senior executive of a large US private health insurance company, has been appointed as the new chief executive of NHS England.

Stevens, who is currently president of the global health division of the US based giant UnitedHealth Group, will take over from the current NHS chief executive, David Nicholson, on 1 April 2014. In Britain he is best known as a health adviser to New Labour, where he helped formulate many of its key policies.

Stevens was health adviser to Blair from 2001 to 2004, having been an adviser in the Department of Health from …

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