HSJ’s round-up of the must read stories from Friday

It’s hard times in East Surrey

A clinical commissioning group which is under directions from NHS England spent an eye popping £500,000 on two “off payroll” interim executives last year.

One leader has been working for East Surrey CCG off payroll for over three years, despite longstanding guidance that interim board members and others with significant financial responsibility should only be off payroll in exceptional cases for a maximum of six months.

The CCG explained it was in dire straights and had an otherwise lean team, so the roles are extremely stretching. It has been trying to find permanent, less costly recruits.

Shouldn’t NHS England’s intervention regime be designed to sort out situations like this, rather than perpetuate them for years on end?

Reach for the the ejector button

The existing head of the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch is set to become the chief investigator of the new NHS patient safety body, HSJ has revealed.

Keith Conradi, formerly a professional pilot, has been selected by health secretary Jeremy Hunt as his preferred candidate to lead the new Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch.

He will appear before a confirmation hearing by the Commons public administration and constitutional affairs committee shortly.