The King's Fund today welcomed the appointment of David Nicholson as the new chief executive of the reconfigured Strategic Health Authority for London and said it will enable London's NHS to have a more powerful voice.
The King's Fund chief executive Niall Dickson said:
'We welcome David Nicholson into his new role and hope his appointment leads to better management of care services in London. He has a strong reputation and a good track record and qualities that will be needed at this critical time in the reform of the NHS. We look forward to working with him, as well as the other chief executives of the new Strategic Health Authorities announced today.
'The new leader of London's NHS has an especially important role – David Nicholson will preside over services that cost more than £7 billion a year. This is one of the most vital and challenging posts in the public sector – and for London in some ways he will be as important a figure as the mayor.
'David Nicholson and his team will face significant challenges. The capital is facing serious financial problems and there is a clear need to rationalise services and drive efficiency.'
Niall Dickson added: 'We have supported the move from five to a single strategic authority for London – we very much hope this will give the capital’s health services a powerful champion, a clear sense of direction and an organisation that will ensure the right incentives are in place to continue to drive improvements.'
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