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NHS England reveals new interim primary care director

NHS England has appointed London GP Dr Nikita Kanani as its next acting primary care director.

This comes after the resignation of the previous primary care director Dr Arvind Madan earlier this week, following his interview with Pulse in which he suggested GPs should be 'pleased' when small practices close.

Dr Kanani was previously deputy medical director of primary care at NHS England, and will be taking on her new role 'with immediate effect'.

Dr Kanani, who was awarded an MBE for services to primary care in 2017, has also held the position of chief clinical officer of NHS Bexley CCG. She previously worked for the National Association of Primary Care and RCGP.

In 2013, Pulse earmarked Dr Kanani as ‘one to watch’ in its Power 50 list of influential GPs, when she was one of the top ‘up and coming GPs’ and was described as ‘a role model for all women juggling home and work’. 

Professor Stephen Powis, national medical director of NHS England, said Dr Kanani will step up from her current role to be acting director of primary care for NHS England ‘on an interim basis with immediate effect’.

He said: ‘Nikki has a wealth of experience both as a frontline GP and in a range of positions within healthcare as a clinical leader.

‘GPs and primary care are vital to the success of the NHS and Nikki will provide consistency in leadership as we develop the long term plan for the health service in the coming months.’

The former director of primary care for NHS England Dr Arvind Madan admitted earlier this week that he had been posting provocative comments under the pseudonym ’Devil’s Advocate’ on the Pulse Today website.

In a statement, he apologised to small practices following his interview in Pulse, in which he suggested GPs should be ’pleased’ when small practices closed.

Professor Powis added that NHS England will be advertising externally to fill the role on a long-term basis after the summer break.

Readers' comments (10)

  • I look forward to reading Dr Kanani's articles and contribution. Her predecessor caused significant harm and eroded trust! She has an uphill task to repair damage caused and restore trust.? a Poisoned Chalice!?

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  • NHSE an arm of the DoH,commisars I trust them not.They cannot and never be trusted.

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  • AlanAlmond

    Here we go, yet another white guy rolled in to replace the last and maintain the conspiracy.

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  • Good Luck Dr Kanani. You can't do worse as our 'Top Doc' than the last guy, and you've got your gong already for good works.
    Let's have a declaration of interests out there from the start, any directorships or links to US HCO's we should know about?

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  • What is the job description of the Primary Care Director? And there is a Deputy as well.

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  • Is it any better to have a new Director who has the same policies, but this time carries them out with improved PR involving smiles and positive thinking? Let us see, but I think the outcomes will be the same.

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  • The key phrase in the article is "....provide consistency in leadership". In other words we have another compliant individual, ostensibly independent in thought, whose manifold achievements suggest a political focus above the clinical, who has not yet fully appreciated the leash which restrains her from straying too far from the agenda, and whose loyalty to this agenda is assured through her gratitude for being elevated to this hallowed role.

    "The palace stays the same, Only the guards ever change" seems apt, to quote The Levellers.

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  • Azeem Majeed

    Congratulations on your appointment Dr Kanani.

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  • Can you guess who recommended her for an MBE? This just gets better and better.

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  • All GP Leader type roles should be organised so that the person in the role has to continue seeing a certain number of patients per week so they can maintain an up to date feel for the job
    The job is changing at such an annual rate that anybody not working in coal face GP very quickly loses any credibility

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