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Health Insight May 2001:

  Sir William Wells has been appointed as the Chair of the new NHS Appointments Commission. In July 2000 the NHS Plan set out the formation of the Commission to take over from ministers the appointment of chairs and non-executives to the boards of NHS trusts, health authorities, and primary care trusts. In accepting his appointment Sir William said, ‘My first task will be to assemble a good team of Royal Commissioners, so that together we can give the NHS the local leaders that it needs.’

Source: Press release (DoH)

UK Transplant has appointed Mrs Gwynneth Flower as its new Chair. She will hold the post for four years. Mrs Flower has held several senior posts – she was Managing Director for Action 2000, which was responsible for ensuring that the whole UK infrastructure would not suffer material disruption due to the millennium bug. UK Transplant is a Special Health Authority whose core business is to maintain information about those waiting for transplants, to match organs which become available with patients waiting for them, and to follow up the outcome of such transplants. It employs around 100 staff and manages budgets of just under £5 million allocated by the four UK Health Departments.

Source: Press release (DoH)

The Director of Human Resources for the NHS is to be Andrew Foster, who is presently Human Resources Policy Director for the NHS Confederation. He will have overall responsibility for human resources strategy, pay and conditions for staff directly employed by health authorities and family practitioner committees, personal matters, non-medical training, and NHS occupational pensions policy. Mr Foster said, ‘I am completely committed to the vision set out in the NHS Plan to motivate staff in order to get the best out of them.’

Source: Press release (DoH), Health Service Journal 12 April

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