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New north east London NHS 'super chief' appointed

06/11/2017

A new 'super chief' has been appointed to oversee health and care commissioning across north east London.

Jane Milligan, chief officer of Tower Hamlets clinical commission group (CCG), was appointed to the new post of single accountable officer (SAO) this week to drive through controversial £600 million cost-cutting plans in north east London.

In her new role, Jane Milligan will make sure NHS City and Hackney, Waltham Forest, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge CCGs develop into an 'accountable care system' to cut NHS spending.

It is unclear what salary she will command but the appointment is at the Very Senior Management grade which starts at £142,500 for NHS trust chief executives.

Milligan is also executive lead for the North East London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

A CCG spokeswoman said the new arrangements 'will harness the benefits of CCGs working together and collaborating with other NHS organisations, local authorities and the voluntary sector'.

Commenting on her appointment Jane Milligan said: 'There are clearly challenging times ahead for our health and care system, however this is an opportunity for us to work together to deliver high quality and sustainable services'.

Last month City and Hackney CCG 'reluctantly' agreed to hand over key powers to the new single accountable officer despite protests from councillors and patients who are concerned the new arrangements weaken the CCG and diminish the patient 'voice' by making local health services far less accountable to local residents.

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