MPs reject government’s preferred candidate to chair Monitor

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 25 October 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6486
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

MPs on the parliamentary select committee that scrutinises health and social care have decided to reject the government’s preferred candidate to chair Monitor, the body that regulates healthcare in England.

The highly unusual step is the result of disagreement between MPs of different political backgrounds on the committee and of a vote that led to the decision not to endorse the candidate.

The government’s preferred candidate for the post, Dominic Dodd, appeared before MPs on the Health Committee on 15 October as part of a pre-appointment hearing.1 During the evidence session Dodd, who is currently chairman of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, was forced to defend his previous role working for a management consultancy that advises private health companies on how to exploit opportunities in the NHS.

The committee is always asked to hold a pre-appointment evidence session to assess the …

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