Shortlisting for the post of chief executive of the NHS is due to take place today.

Shortlisting for the post of chief executive of the NHS is due to take place today.

The timetable emerged when the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners took the 'unusual' step of publishing details of the process to appoint a new chief executive for the NHS.

First civil service commissioner Janet Paraskeva said the decision was taken because of the 'understandable interest in the appointment'.

The selection panel will include Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell, former NHS chief executive Sir Alan Langlands, outgoing Royal College of Physicians president Professor Carol Black and chair of HM Revenue and Customs Sir David Varney.

First-round interviews will take place from 14-18 July. Ministers are entitled to interview the preferred candidate and the appointment will be approved by the prime minister.

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