The internal appointment follows the last-minute withdrawal last month of the NMC’s preferred candidate for chief executive ‘for personal reasons’.
Kathy George, currently director of standards and registrations at the nurses’ regulatory body and its assistant registrar, takes over in five weeks when Graham Smith, the first stop-gap executive, leaves.
Graham Smith took over after the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence produced a damning report on the nursing regulator.
Then chief executive Sarah Thewlis announced that she was standing down in June 2008.
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