US Health Chief to lead NHS England

US Health Chief to lead NHS England

A senior executive from a private US health firm has been appointed as the new leader of NHS England.

Simon Stevens will take over the post from Sir David Nicholson in April 2014. Mr Stevens is currently working for United Healthcare as its global health president, and has previously acted as an NHS manager and as a health adviser to Labour.

It is hoped that the appointment will help the NHS through a period of growing pressures from the ageing population and suite of long-term conditions, whilst simultaneously cutting spending whilst attempting to maintain or improve patient outcomes.

The chairman of NHS England, Sir Malcolm Grant, said they wanted to do a global search and believe Mr Stevens is the right person to lead the health service through the coming years.

"The NHS has to be open to ideas from across the world. All nations are facing a crisis in the affordability of healthcare and the American experience is valuable to us” he said.

Mr Stevens said: "It will be a privilege to lead NHS England - at a time when the stakes have never been higher - because I believe in the NHS, and because I believe that a broad new partnership of patients, carers, staff and the public can together chart a successful future for our health service."

Original Source BBC News

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