According to a recent Health Service Journal article (4 March 2009), Sir Michael Rawlins has been reappointed as chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence after a special exemption to allow him to extend his tenure.
His reappointment was made by the NHS Appointments Commission, following its announcement at the end of last year that it was making a special exemption to allow Sir Michael to compete with other candidates for the position.
Usually people can remain chairs for a maximum of 10 years, which Sir Michael would have reached in April. However, he will be chair for only two more years rather than the four years that other candidates would have been able to hold the position.
At the time the exemption was made, commissioner for public appointments Janet Gaymer decided the expansion of NICE following health minister Lord Darzi’s next stage review represented an “exceptional circumstance”.
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