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Editorial Friday 30 April 2021: Who's next? Post-Stevensism, the Mencken Fallacy and the art of the impertinent question

Publish Date/Time: 
04/30/2021 - 09:20

Since yesterday's announcement of the abdication of The Sun King Of Skipton House, Sir Simon Stevens, a lot of people have rushed to ask 'who's next?'

Mmmmm. If not mmmmmmmm. As our classicist Prime Minister Boris Johnson might advise, 'festinare lente': more haste, less speed.

Editorial Thursday 29 April 2021: Sir Simon Stevens steps down as NHS Commissioning Board CE

Publish Date/Time: 
04/29/2021 - 13:01

It has been simultaneously an open secret, and a jealously guarded one (the date, that is, not the announcement).

This afternoon's news that Sir Simon Stevens will step down as NHS Commissioning Board chief executive gives the end date - the end of July 2021.

Sir Simon has been in post for seven years, which is a long time to do such a job. He is smart enough a man to know that you can stay too long in such roles, and it has not been a secret that he has been developing an exit strategy over the past two years.

'Taking back control'