Retirement Announced by Sir David Nicholson

20 June 2013

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Retirement Announced by Sir David Nicholson

The NHS England chief executive officer, whose basic salary is £211,000, will step down from his role next March. Sir David, who has worked in the health service for 35 years, was in charge of the regional health authority responsible for Mid Staffordshire for a short period while patients were being mistreated.

Campaigners called for the under-fire boss to be sacked after the publication of the Francis report into serious failings at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. But instead of getting the axe, Sir David will walk away with a pension pot of at least £1,875,000 when he retires, according to NHS figures published in March last year.

Ms Bailey, who set up the campaign group after her mother Bella died at Stafford Hospital in 2007, was still optimistic about Sir David's departure, adding: "This is the start of the cure for the NHS. Despite numerous calls for Sir David to lose his position, he received backing from Prime Minister David Cameron and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the wake of the inquiry.

He was in charge of the regional health authority responsible for the hospital for 10 months between 2005 and 2006 - the height of the failings in care. Patients were left lying in their own urine and excrement for days, forced to drink water from vases or given the wrong medication. NHS England said Sir David would retire both from his role as chief executive of the organisation and from the health service in March 2014.

In a letter announcing his retirement, Sir David said the NHS can "sometimes fail patients".

He wrote: "Whilst I believe we have made significant progress together under my leadership, recent events continue to show that on occasion the NHS can still sometimes fail patients, their families and carers. "This continues to be a matter of profound regret to me but please note that on a daily basis I continue, and will always continue, to be inspired and moved by the passion that those who work in the NHS continue to show."

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