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NHS Confederation chief quits over plans for staffing services for trusts

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 01 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2909
  1. Mark Gould
  1. 1London

    Steve Barnett has resigned as chief executive of the NHS Confederation amid serious concerns about the financial stability and ambitions of the organisation and its subsidiary NHS Employers.

    Mr Barnett was appointed to head up the NHS Confederation, the body that represents NHS organisations, in February after 10 months as acting chief executive.

    The Department of Health—whose contracts provide nearly all the income for NHS Employers, which represents trusts on workforce issues, and around half of the confederation’s income—has asked for reassurance about the organisation’s governance and financial stability.

    Offering his resignation, Mr Barnett said that he could not and should not accept responsibility for the “actions or omissions of others,” …

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