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IT IS with dismay that I have read the articles in the Sunday Mercury, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph regarding the private relationship between Sarah-Jane Marsh and David Nicholson.

Sarah-Jane is proving to be an outstanding, dynamic and engaging leader who is demonstrating an energy and drive for transformational change.

She has the full support of myself and the Board of Directors to lead the Trust during a difficult time in its history.

To suggest or imply that Sarah-Jane's position as the Chief Executive at the Children's Hospital was influenced by David Nicholson would be to ignore the views of those independent experts who chose her and to overlook her unique and highly-valued abilities.

unfair It would be, furthermore, an and trivial assessment of the seriousness with which we take our work. Sarah-Jane Marsh's appointment CEO at the Children's Hospital made following an exhaustive selection process involving an external recr ment agency, experts in clinical as was uitand hostners managerial fields from within the pital and from senior health par with whom we work.

At no pointwas David Nicholson sulted about the appointment, wh amatter forwhich the Hospital itself a Foundation Trust, has sole control, and at no point did he offer his thoughts or advice. conich is , as CEO ahimply As there was no contact with the of the NHS in the recruitment of Sar Jane Marsh, it is not possible to that he influenced in any way this pointment.

apand Given the reputation, seniority independence of the members appointment board, which included CEO of an NHS Foundation Trust independent assessor), Birmingham Children's Hospital can confidentl state that its selection of Sarah Marsh was one based on merit. of thea (as an y Jane We stand by both the decision made and theway inwhichwe made and we remain focused on impro the quality of our services for our tients. we it, ving pa-JOANNA DAVIS, Chairman Birmingham Children's Hospital Foundation Trust NHS


UNDER SCRUTINY: The Mercury story about Sarah-Jane Marsh and David Nicholson.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Oct 18, 2009
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