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New NHS chief goes back to his roots

by Chris Cunniff

The new chief executive of NHS England spent his first day in the job back in the North-East, where his NHS career began.

Yesterday, Simon Stevens visited Shotley Bridge Hospital, owned by NHS Property Services. This was where he started his career in 1988 as an assistant general manager.

Simon spent time meeting staff and patients at Shotley Bridge Hospital where services are run by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust. He visited both Ward 2 and the Chemotherapy Unit before continuing on to Newcastle to visit the International Centre for Life and give his first major speech to over 300 NHS staff.