NHS England chief Sir Simon Stevens reveals plans to step down at end of July

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It has been announced that Sir Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, will resign from his post at the end of this coming July.

After joining the national health service in his early 20s, and being in the top position for seven years, Sir Simon will leave the prestigious role after being made a peer by her majesty The Queen, and joining the House of Lords.

Sir Simon had planned on leaving the position earlier, but agreed to continue last winter.

Number 10 Downing street earlier announced that “The Queen has been pleased to confer a peerage of the United Kingdom for Life on Sir Simon Stevens, upon him stepping down as chief executive of NHS England”.

Through a statement made by NHS England, Stevens stated that being a part of the health service was one of the “best decisions I ever made”.

In another statement, from the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, it was said that Sir Simon had “led the country with great distinction for the past seven years”, whilst health secretary Matt Hancock praised Sir Simon as a “steadfast and sage leader for our National Health Service, and that has been especially true during this most testing period in NHS history”.

After becoming chief executive of the NHS in 2014, Stevens was knighted in 2020 for services to health and the NHS.

It has been confirmed that a new executive will be appointed prior to his leave at the end of July.

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