Amanda Pritchard is to become the first female chief executive of the NHS in England after being appointed to replace Simon Stevens.
Unlike Stevens who was ex CEO of United Health’s European wing, the 6th largest Healthcare Company in the USA; Ms Pritchard has had 25 years experience working in the NHS.
However, it is feared that as she has been the right-hand person to Stevens through the duration of NHS England’s principled change to American-style healthcare as stated in the NHS 5 Year Plan; that more of the same American modelling and private healthcare company involvement in the NHS will continues unabated.
Giving the full support to the Health & Care Bill has been Pritchard’s last item on her CV no doubt, and there is no reason to believe that her tenure of the NHS will change from that of Stevens.
Pritchard began her work in the NHS as a management trainee, in the late 1990s, before holding senior posts at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
From 2005 to 2006, she worked in the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit and spent nearly four years as Guy's and St Thomas' chief executive before becoming NHS England's chief operating officer in the summer of 2019.
In her current role she has worked as Simon Stevens deputy; hence her appointment being of no surprise.
Comments from undoubtedly NHS connected readers left on the Health Service Journal website confirming her appointment, where not always complimentary:
"What a ludicrously expensive and tortuous process to just appoint Prior’s incumbent choice, no doubt Stevens in background pulling strings. If ever the NHS needed some hope, optimism and new ideas it is now. Unless she has been keeping something a secret all this time I assume we are in for more of the same; toxic, bloated, arrogant centre, nothing on workforce, complete mess of warm words and caustic behaviour, disastrous ill-planned and poorly executed organisational change when least needed etc etc"
And yet another:
"Here we go, what a surprise, just more of the same. They should have appointed Mark Britnell who has studied health care across the World and has some great ideas on how to make the NHS system better. Completely wasted opportunity."
Source: HSJ / BBC News / 38 Degrees