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NHS Confederation chair Dorrell to step down

Return to frontline politics on the cards

The Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell is to step down from his role as chair of the NHS Confederation later this year, with the organisation set to begin the search for a successor in July.

Dorrell (pictured), a former Secretary of State for Health and chair of the Commons Health Select Committee, has been chair of the NHS Confederation since October 2015.

He is also chair of the European Movement and earlier this year he was a candidate in the European Parliament Election on the Change UK list in the West Midlands. He said he now wishes to devote more time to these political activities.

Dorrell said: “It has been a privilege and an honour to lead the NHS Confederation at this critical time in the evolution of the health service. I believe the only way the service will be able to meet the critical challenges it faces is if all parts of the system come together to work towards common goals. I think the Confederation is well placed to convene and support our members at both local and system level to find the right solutions that put the NHS on a more sustainable pathway. I know the Confederation will continue to make a vital contribution, both in terms of our support for members and in speaking truth to power.”

NHS Confederation chief executive Niall Dickson said: “Stephen is a formidable force in UK health policy and his insights, expertise and knowledge have greatly benefited the Confederation and our members. He helped steer us through a new strategy and vision for the organisation that will ensure we provide greater support to our members, and exert greater influence on their behalf with national policymakers.

“We are grateful to him for his support and guidance over the past four years, and he will leave strong foundations for our next chair to build on.”