The Department of Health has announced the appointment of
four Regional Directors of Health and Social Care.
Peter Garland covering the North;
– David Nicholson covering the Midlands;
– John Bacon covering London and
– Ruth Carnall covering the South.
The appointments are being made
as part of the process of Shifting the Balance of Power to give greater authority and responsibility to the
staff and organisations who
are working most
directly with the public and patients.
NHS Chief Executive,
said: " Over the
next 18 months
we will see the disappearance of
the regional offices, with many of
their key functions including performance management and planning
moving to the new Strategic Health Authorities. The regional
Directors of Health and Social
Care will become
fully part of the department nationally whilst having
some regional responsibility for overseeing the develpoment of health and social care.
very conscious of
how well regional
offices-and indeed health
authorities-have serviced the NHS under the current arrangements. Our
new approach to devolving
responsibility requires change. This is unsettling for people
and we will do everything we can
to manage it as smoothly and effectively as possible."