The NHS Confederation has made an official comment on the appointment of Professor Sir Bruce Keogh as the new NHS medical director.

Chief executive Dr Gill Morgan said: 'Sir Bruce is an outstanding clinician and a dedicated individual. I am sure he will be a genuine force for good in improving treatment for patients.

'We look forward at the confederation to working with Bruce as he builds on the truly excellent work he has done with the Healthcare Commission in setting up the central cardiac audit database.'