1:48 pm, Wed 13 Mar 2013
Sir David Nicholson has continued to ignore questions about his future after he was criticised for his role in the Mid Staffs hospital deaths scandal.
The NHS chief said; "we really do need to make sure that quality and patients are at the heart of it, I'm absolutely committed to doing that I'm relentless in my pursuance of patient care and that's what I plan to do."
But refused to answer questions about patient confidence.
12:05 pm, Wed 13 Mar 2013
Sir David Nicholson wrote on a wall to promise to training to become 'a dementia friend'
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Sir David Nicholson has signed a wall at an NHS conference to "pledge to become a dementia friend," someone who is trained to help spot the early signs of the disease.
What are Dementia Friends?
11:44 am, Wed 13 Mar 2013
Sir David Nicholson said he was "completely committed" to the NHS but refused to answer journalists' questions
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After avoiding the media's questions on his way into the conference, the under-fire NHS chief Sir David Nicholson has spoken to journalists.
He said: "The NHS faces great challenges in the future. We need to make sure quality and patients are at heart of it.
"I'm absolutely completely committed to doing that. I'm relentless in my pursuance of improved patient care"
He refused to take questions.
11:25 am, Wed 13 Mar 2013
by Lewis Vaughan Jones - ITV News Correspondent
Head of the NHS
Sir David Nicholson speaking about the future of NHS, but he refused to answer questions about his future before his speech.
He has been criticised for his role in the
Mid Staffordshire hospital deaths scandal but has refused to resign as head of the NHS.
Sir David Nicholson on stage
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He is at a healthcare event in London today. We asked him why he was ignoring calls to resign, he did not answer any journalists' questions.
Crucially he still has the backing of the both the Prime Minister and the Health Minister.
10:43 am, Wed 13 Mar 2013
Sir David Nicholson refused to answer questions from journalists as he arrived at the NHS conference this morning.
. Read: Under-fire NHS boss to make keynote speech
4:49 am, Wed 13 Mar 2013
Earlier this month Sir David Nicholson said he will not be resigning over failings at
Stafford Hospital, despite growing calls from protesters.
ITV News' Midlands Correspondent Rupert Evelyn spoke to him outside a meeting of his board in Manchester:
Watch: Campaigners say Sir David is 'ultimately responsible for Stafford failings'
4:43 am, Wed 13 Mar 2013
Sir David Nicholson is chief executive of the NHS.
The under-fire NHS boss who says he is "absolutely determined" to say in his job is due to make a speech on the state of the NHS today.
Sir David Nicholson is expected on stage at 11am at the
Innovation Expo 2013 in London.
Nicholson has faced calls to resign for his role in the
. failures during the Stafford Hospital scandal