One of the four candidates vying to become chief executive of the NHS is understood to have put his application on hold.

One of the four candidates vying to become chief executive of the NHS is understood to have put his application on hold.

Ken Kizer, chief executive officer of US company Medsphere, is thought to have missed last week's interviews for family reasons. It is not clear whether he has now withdrawn from the process, and HSJ was unable to contact Dr Kizer.

Contenders interviewed last week include London strategic health authority chief executive David Nicholson, Ian Smith of UK health provider General Healthcare Group and a fourth man, understood to run a US healthcare provider.

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