A second member of NHS London’s board has resigned, following health secretary Andrew Lansley’s call for the strategic health authority to “halt” its reconfiguration programme.

Resignation of non-executive director Gerry Acher follows the resignation of the SHA’s chair Sir Richard Sykes yesterday.

In his resignation letter to Mr Lansley yesterday Sir Richard warned that “other members of the board of NHS London are also considering their positions”. HSJ understands a further five of the six non-executive board members are also likely to resign.

Sir Richard said his resignation was directly connected to Mr Lansley’s cancellation of the SHA’s reform programme which was based on the 2007 report A Framework for Action by the former health minister Lord Ara Darzi.

In his letter to Mr Lansley Sir Richard said: “Our visions of healthcare delivery bear so little in common that it would make no sense for me to continue in this role.”

Both Sir Richard and Mr Acher will stay in their roles until after 7 July when the board meets to sign off the SHA’s annual account.

London SHA chair resigns