The must read stories and debate from Monday

CQC chief to exit

Sir David Behan has announced that he will step down as chief executive of the Care Quality Commission in the summer.

Sir David joined in 2012, at a time of huge controversy about the behaviour of and standards at the regulator. It has made substantial changes to how it works under his leadership, many in response to the Francis inquiry into events at Mid Staffs.

These included comprehensive inspection and ratings of NHS trusts, GP practices and other health and care providers. 

The CQC is to begin recruitment for a successor imminently.

Sir David said: “After six years at CQC and over 40 years continuous employment in health and social care, I will be stepping down in the summer. I am announcing my departure now to allow Peter Wyman and the board sufficient time to appoint my successor and to allow for a smooth handover.

“It’s been an immense privilege to serve the public by leading CQC, and I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved. We’ve inspected every hospital, adult social care provider and GP practice in the country – over 28,000 services and providers – and in the process developed a baseline on quality that is unique to anywhere in the world.”

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt paid tribute: “David has been an exceptional leader, and we are lucky to have had him at the helm at such a transformational period in the regulator’s history.

“He is highly respected across the sector for his wisdom, drive and fearless determination to put patients first. He deserves great credit for overhauling healthcare regulation in this country to put quality and safety at the heart of the ratings system. He should be incredibly proud of his record, and will be sorely missed.”