NHS gets first woman Chief

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Amanda Pritchard has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of NHS England. Amanda is the first woman in the health service’s history to hold the post, which she took up at the beginning of August.

Amanda said, ‘I have always been incredibly proud to work in the health service but never more so than over the last 18 months as nurses, doctors, therapists, paramedics, pharmacists, porters, cleaners and other staff have responded so magnificently to the COVID pandemic.’

Amanda takes up the role after serving as the NHS Chief Operating Officer for two years. As Chief Executive, she is responsible for an annual budget of over £130 billion, while ensuring that everyone in the country receives high quality care.