Nicholson: 'The NHS lost focus...I was part of that'

Chief Executive of the NHS, Sir David Nicholson, has told the Health Select Committee that during 2005 and 2009: "The leadership of the NHS lost its focus. I put my hands up to that, I was part of that. My learning through all of that is to never let it happen again."

The NHS boss is facing questions from MPs on the recent highly critical report of the failings of Stafford Hospital, which called for urgent reform of the NHS.

Read: The timeline of the Stafford Hospital scandal.

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NHS boss 'unaware' of failings

NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson has told MPs that he was 'unaware' of the serious failing at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust despite holding senior positions there.