NHS Wales chief to move to new role in England

The Welsh Government has announced that David Sissling, the Chief Executive of NHS Wales, is to move to a new role in the East Midlands.

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Welsh NHS chief moves on: our Health Reporter's view

David Sissling has been the top boss in the Welsh NHS since 2011. During his time as Chief Executive the Welsh NHS has faced some of its biggest challenges in its 65 year history. Waiting lists have gone up, budgets have been under strain and senior doctors have warned of a system in meltdown.

He's also overseen some big changes in the system - including the issue of reorganising hospitals in Wales for the 21st century.

He leaves in March to take up a new post hear his family home in the East Midlands. Prior to his current job he was boss at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board.

The process is now on to find his replacement. There are many difficult issues the new boss will have to handle - how to cope with the current system, plan for the future and keep everyone happy.

NHS Wales chief David Sissling to take up new post

The Welsh Government says a successor will be discussed in the coming weeks Credit: NHS Wales

The Welsh Government has announced that David Sissling, the Chief Executive of NHS Wales, is to move to a new role in the East Midlands.

He will leave his current post in March, and will take up a 'a senior role' in the NHS close to his family home.

“This has been a very difficult decision for me and not without mixed feelings" he said.

"There is never a perfect time to leave any role, particularly in the health service which faces continual challenge and change".

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