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Sir Michael Rawlins reappointed as NICE chair

By Steve Nowottny

Professor Sir Michael Rawlins has been reappointed as chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence – thanks to a special exemption which allowed him to extend his tenure.

Chairs of bodies such as NICE are usually allowed to remain in post for a maximum of ten years, which Sir Michael would have reached in April. But the commissioner for public appointments ruled that NICE's expansion following the NHS Next Stage Review represented an ‘exceptional circumstance', and gave the green light for Sir Michael to reapply for the role.

However Sir Michael will remain in the post for only two more years rather than the standard four-year term. He will be paid £62,117 per year for the role.

Sir Michael said: ‘I am very happy to accept the chair of the board of NICE for a further two years. The institute is entering an extremely exciting phase in its nearly 10-year history and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be able to continue to play a part in its continuing development.'

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