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Health Insight March 2002: Appointments


Neil McKay, the Chief Operating Officer for the NHS, has been appointed as Chief Executive Designate of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Leeds is the biggest Hospital Trust in the UK.

Heart surgeon Sir Magdi Yacoub has been selected to spearhead a government recruitment drive for overseas doctors. It is hoped that as many as 450 specialists will be recruited from abroad over the next three years to help cut waiting times for operations in the UK. Sir Magdi will help to promote the ‘International Fellowship Scheme’, under which overseas doctors will be able to come to work in the NHS and carry out research. Welcoming his appointment Prime Minister Tony Blair said, ‘I am delighted that Sir Magdi has agreed to take up the role of Special Envoy for the NHS. We are committed to recruit more doctors into the NHS as quickly as possible.’

Professor Carol Black has been elected President of the Royal College of Physicians. Professor Black is currently a Consultant Rheumatologist and Medical Director of the Royal Free Hospital in London. She takes over from the current President, Professor Sir George Alberti, at a New Fellows Ceremony on 25th July.

Source: Press release (DoH), BBC Online

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