The announcement that NHS supremo Sir David Nicholson will step down next year has been welcomed by Unite, the country’s largest union with 100,000 members in the health service.
Unite national officer for health Rachael Maskell said: “It is right that Sir David steps down as chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board.
“He should have resigned earlier this year over his role in failing to tackle the abuse of patients at Mid Staffordshire, highlighted by the Francis report.
“We believe that Sir David’s job with its heavy responsibilities should not rest with a senior NHS bureaucrat – but with the secretary of state for health, Jeremy Hunt.
“What the recent disastrous reorganisation of the NHS has done is to remove the accountability from ministers and give it to a plethora of NHS executives and confusingly named ‘hands-off’ quangos.
“The public don’t want this – they want openness and transparency. And they definitely don’t want the health service privatised.
“Sir David will be remembered for the so-called Nicholson challenge of £20 billion in cuts which has brought the NHS to its knees, particularly in accident and emergency services.
“It is hoped that Sir David will not leave with a massive pay-off – as that would just be an insulting reward for failure.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.