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MPs' expenses inquiry chief to head King's Fund

By Steve Nowottny

The chair of a high-profile inquiry into MPs' expenses and former senior civil servant has been appointed as the new chairman of the health policy think-tank the King's Fund.

Sir Christopher Kelly, who is also chairman of the NSPCC and of the Financial Ombudsman Service, will succeed the organisation's current chair Sir Cyril Chantler on 1 October 2010.

As chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, Sir Christopher is currently leading a major inquiry into MPs' expenses. He was previously a senior civil servant and was Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health from 1997 to 2000.

Sir Christopher said: 'The Fund is recognised as the foremost independent commentator on healthcare in this country. It makes a major contribution to the development of health and social care thinking and practice by combining its expertise in research, policy analysis and leadership to work directly with clinicians and managers to help them drive up standards and deliver better value.'

'I am very much looking forward to supporting the organisation and overseeing its development at what is going to be a very testing time for the NHS.'

The King's Fund recently announced that its chief executive Niall Dickson is to leave the organisation in January to become the new chief executive of the General Medical Council, and the search for his replacement is now underway.

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