To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Chairmen of NHS trusts were removed from office in each of the past three years by the Secretary of State, or his agent, for (a) an unacceptable level of trust debt, (b) a negligent or avoidable failure in patient treatment care, and (c) inappropriate trust governance.
The Secretary of State has powers to appoint and terminate the appointment of National Health Service Trust chairs. These powers may be delegated by him to the Appointments Commission—an independent executive non-departmental public body.
In the past three years, there has been one chair termination, in 2006-07. The termination decision was made following a review of the case, which included evidence of inappropriate trust governance by the chair.