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World class commissioning chief quits

By Steve Nowottny, Gareth Iacobucci

Private consultancy firm KPMG is refusing to confirm or deny reports that Department of Health director of commissioning Gary Belfield is on the verge of joining the company, after he announced he will be leaving his job to take up another post.

Pulse understands that Mr Belfield, an architect of the World Class Commissioning initiative, is set to take up a role with the firm. However a KPMG spokesperson told Pulse: ‘We cannot comment at this time.’

Mr Belfield has held roles in the NHS and DH for more than 25 years, with previous positions including head of primary care and chief executive of an NHS trust. As director of commissioning, he spearheaded World Class Commissioning, in conjunction with his predecessor, Mark Britnell.

Mr Britnell, who was Director-General for Commissioning and System Management at the department from 2007 to 2009, left the NHS to join KPMG.

A DH spokesperson said yesterday: ‘Gary Belfield has given notice that he wishes to leave his role as acting director general of commissioning and system management to take up a post outside the Department of Health.’

Gary Belfield has handed in his notice to the Department of Health Gary Belfield has handed in his notice to the Department of Health