Exclusive: GP leader backs under-fire NHS chief executive after Francis report

Under-fire NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson should not be sacked or resign after the Francis report into failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, according to the deputy medical director of the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB).

Prof Field: 'People calling for David’s head need to reflect that we need to get the NHSCB up and running.'
Prof Field: 'People calling for David’s head need to reflect that we need to get the NHSCB up and running.'

Saturday's Daily Mail was headlined: 'If he won't quit, just sack him' and accused Sir David of presiding over the Mid Staffordshire hospital disaster that cost the lives of up to 1,200 patients.

Speaking exclusively to GP, Professor Steve Field said: ‘People will feel very angry and will call for human sacrifices. I would agree with Francis that what we need to do is read and learn the lessons and unite and move forward.

‘At a time when the NHSCB is just about to launch, when we’re recruiting, I think people calling for David’s head need to reflect that we need to get the NHSCB up and running and move forward. We’ve only got six weeks to go and I think there are bigger lessons to learn from the Francis report that will take many months to understand and come to terms with.’

Watch this video for his full answer. A full interview with Professor Field will also appear in a forthcoming issue of GP.

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