Nicholson 'committed' to NHS

Under-fire NHS chief Sir David Nicholson has said he is "absolutely completely committed" to the NHS but has refused to answer questions about his future after he was criticised for his role in the Mid Staffs hospital deaths scandal.

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NHS boss refuses questions over patient confidence

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.

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Nicholson: 'Absolutely completely committed to NHS'

Sir David Nicholson said he was "completely committed" to the NHS but refused to answer journalists' questions Credit: ITV News/Darren Burn

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.

Questions remain over NHS head's future

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 Credit: ITV News/ Lewis Vaughan Jones

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.

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Under-fire NHS boss to make keynote speech

Sir David Nicholson is chief executive of the NHS. Credit: PA

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.

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