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A promotion for health boss at heart of Stafford scandal

Issue No. 2340

David Nicholson became chief executive of the regional regulators for Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust in 2005.

He’s been promoted ever since.

He was knighted in 2010 and has been Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2004. He is now head of the NHS.

Nicholson has apologised for the disaster at Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust.

He said that patients “had terrible things happen to them”. But he failed to take any responsibility for those things.

When the Tories proposed their Health and Social Care bill, Nicholson didn’t openly back it.

He said the reorganisation it proposed would be so big “it would be visible from space”.

Failure to win support for the bill from medical organisations, NHS staff or ordinary people stalled the legislation.

Nicholson was asked to meet David Cameron. After the meeting, he supported the bill.

He became head of the NHS with an annual salary of £270,000 a year and expenses in excess of £50,000.

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