GP MP calls for under-fire NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson to go

Under-fire NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson, facing questioning from the health select committee this morning, should go, according to a GP MP.

Dr Sarah Wollaston: ‘He may have the myopic confidence of the NHS’s board but that is not enough.'
Dr Sarah Wollaston: ‘He may have the myopic confidence of the NHS’s board but that is not enough.'

Writing in today’s Telegraph in a piece headlined Nicholson failed NHS patients: he must go, Conservative MP for Totnes, Devon, Dr Sarah Wollaston says: ‘The health select committee has no power to fire Sir David Nicholson, but he needs to reflect on the consequences of losing the trust of the public and NHS staff.

‘He may have the myopic confidence of the NHS’s board but that is not enough; the real ‘Nicholson Challenge’ is for someone to make it clear that it is inconceivable for him to continue leading the NHS.’

She adds: ‘This is a critical moment for the NHS, as it has the opportunity to become clinically led. Will anyone feel confident that its management can break away from business as usual, with the person identified with its worst failings as its chief executive?’

Last month the Daily Mail splashed on findings from a straw GPonline.com poll which found that 89% of our readers agreed with Dr Wollaston. Pressure on Sir David has grown since the publication of the Francis report into failings of care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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