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.

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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.