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NHS commercial boss quits after less than a year

By Steve Nowottny

The head of the Department of Health's commercial directorate, Channing Wheeler, has quit less than a year into his contract.

The former boss of Uniprise, a division of US healthcare giant UnitedHealth, Mr Wheeler said he was resigning for ‘personal, family reasons' and would return to the US.

As commercial director general of the NHS, Mr Wheeler oversaw the shift towards purchasing of private sector contracts by PCTs. But he attracted strong criticism after it emerged he received £100,000 a year towards his accommodation, in addition to a £185,000 salary and pension.

Mr Wheeler said: ‘The use of the independent sector in the NHS has helped to improve services for patients.'

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