Our response to the announcement of David Nicholson’s retirement

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Responding to the announcement of Sir David Nicholson’s retirement, Chris Ham, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund said:

‘David Nicholson has led the NHS with passion, energy and distinction for seven years. He is an NHS man to his core his departure will mark the end of an era.

‘During David Nicholson’s time in office, the NHS has delivered significant improvements in performance a great testament to his leadership. Although initially not an enthusiast for the present government’s reforms, he has led their implementation with characteristic assurance and successfully managed the transition to the new health system a significant feat in a challenging financial climate.

‘With fundamental change essential if the NHS is to meet the challenges of the future, his successor will inherit a very demanding job.’

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