Under fire NHS boss 'not ashamed' of job
NHS chief Sir David Nicholson remained in his role last night despite calls for him to resign over the Stafford Hospital scandal.
Victims' families, led by campaigner Julie Bailey, have demanded he step down, but Sir David, above, said he is 'not ashamed' of being in his job following the publication of the Francis report.
Sir David, who was chief executive of the West Midlands Strategic Health Authority between August 2005 and April 2006, said: "I am not ashamed of being in my job today.
"Clearly I regret incredibly what happened to those patients, you can only imagine what happened to them.
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"Clearly it was a whole system failure and we need to reflect on what Francis says, the whole of the NHS – myself, leaders in the NHS, doctors and nurses - need to reflect on what we can learn from that to make sure it never happens again."
Sir David, who has worked in the NHS for more than 30 years and has been its chief executive since 2006, added that 'the whole system failed patients in a very catastrophic way' and that he would try to put the situation right.
A spokesman for the Prime Minster said David Cameron has 'full confidence' in Sir David.