David Prior is to be the new chair of the Care Quality Commission. He's currently Chairman of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
"I am delighted to have been appointed Chairman of the Care Quality Commission (CQC). It is the only job that could have persuaded me to leave the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.
"People who are ill or not able to live independently should be able to expect high quality care. Where there is benign or, worse, malign neglect there must be zero tolerance. I am a believer in the NHS but not a reflex defender of the NHS. Those who provide care out of hospital, in care homes or in people's own homes, should also be held to account where standards are not good enough."
– David Prior
"David's experience within the NHS, as Chairman of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust, as well as his wider governance and industry experience will prove vital in meeting the important regulatory challenges ahead."
– David Behan, CQC Chief Executive
David Prior will take up his role as CQC Chair on 28 January 2013.