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'Preferred' head of NHS Commissioning Board named

'Preferred' head of NHS Commissioning Board named

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HealthSecretary Andrew Lansley has named Professor Malcolm Grant as his “preferredchoice” to head up the new NHS Commissioning Board.

Grant,who is currently President and Provost of University College London (UCL), isexpected to take up the post of Chair of the new body in October 2011.

Lansley's "preferred choice" is a qualified barrister and academiclawyer with experience of public service, including the Local GovernmentCommission, Higher Education Funding Council for England and as a UK BusinessAmbassador.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has named Professor Malcolm Grant as his “preferred choice” to head up the new NHS Commissioning Board.

Grant, who is currently President and Provost of University College London (UCL), is expected to take up the post of Chair of the new body in October 2011.

Lansley's "preferred choice" is a qualified barrister and academic lawyer with experience of public service, including the Local Government Commission, Higher Education Funding Council for England and as a UK Business Ambassador.

He is due to appear in front of the Health Select Committee in a pre-appointment scrutiny hearing on next Tuesday (18 October).

”I am honoured to be named the preferred choice for this vital role,” said Grant.

“I am passionate about the NHS and see the Commissioning Board as playing a key part in delivering a service which meets the future needs of patients and of the nation.

“We need to build on the very best NHS qualities of dedicated public service, professionalism and pride, and seize the opportunity to create long-term stability and focus on getting constant improvement in quality and openness to innovation.”

The NHS Commissioning Board is seen as a key component of the government’s plans to modernise the NHS. 

It will have to balance a supportive element to its role in helping clinical commissioning groups to function well, with an obligation to hold them to account when they fail to do so. 

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