22. Dr Michael Dixon
The commissioning king
Dr Michael Dixon remains a true fixture in the Top 50 – not surprisingly as he has been at the forefront of GP commissioning for the past two decades.
But this year has seen the Devon GP become more outspoken than ever about the failings of NHS England.
As president and now a senior adviser to NHS Clinical Commissioners, he has accused managers of being overly ‘dictatorial’ and not allowing CCGs to enact real change.
This year he has championed the idea of CCGs having the budget to commission GPs and improve their premises. ‘For heaven’s sake they are statutory organisations. Let them lead,’ he says.
What he doesn’t know about commissioning probably isn’t worth knowing.