Sir David Nicholson’s resignation (as exclusively revealed by HSJ - you’re very welcome) sparked a predictable frenzy of bile, praise and speculation about who will replace the big beast.
While health select committee head honcho Stephen Dorrell has no jurisdiction over the selecting the new Commandant, his choice would at the very least, be an interesting addition to the debate.
But if he is asked on national television to opine on the matter, let’s hope he avoids a name mix-up similar to the one he managed on Newsnight just hours after the big news broke.
In an otherwise enlightening discussion of all matters NHS, he managed to accidentally call Julie Bailey, Cure the NHS founder and Nicholson arch critic, Julie Moore. That is, of course, the name of the University Hospitals Birmingham Foundation Trust chief executive who is tipped by some to take over from Sir David.
With women woefully underrepresented in the top tier of NHS management, a female CEO would make a refreshing change - however End Game suspects the two Julies might have slightly different approaches.