The NHS chief executive gains a knighthood in the NHS's 50th anniversary year. Sir Alan has been chief executive since 1994, when he succeeded Sir Duncan Nichol, having served as his deputy. Sir Alan is a former general manager of North West Thames regional health authority.
Financial penalties are being lifted from high-profile standards including cancer and elective waiting times, so far without attracting much attention. How is this happening? And will it work, asks Rob Findlay
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