Appointment of the Chair of Monitor - Health Committee Contents


Appointment of the Chair of Monitor


1. In April 2010 Dr David Bennett was appointed as interim Chief Executive of Monitor and then as Chair in March 2011. He was appointed permanent Chief Executive of Monitor with effect from 1 November 2012, while remaining as Chair pending a new appointment by the Secretary of State for Health.

2. On 20 March 2013, the Secretary of State for Health wrote to inform the Committee that a process to recruit a new Chair for Monitor was taking place, and invited us to hold a pre-appointment hearing once a preferred candidate had been selected. On 10 October 2013, the Secretary of State informed us that the Government proposed to appoint Dominic Dodd as Chair of Monitor. The Committee held the pre-appointment hearing on 15 October 2013.

3. The hearing addressed Mr Dodd's background, previous experience and views on the challenges facing Monitor, its new Chair and board. We examined Mr Dodd's views on Monitor's new responsibilities established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. We also asked Mr Dodd to discuss how, if appointed, he would expect the relationship between Monitor's executive and the board to evolve.

4. As we have noted above, Dr Bennett was appointed as interim Chief Executive in April 2010, and appointed as substantive Chair in March 2011. Since then he has filled the roles of both Chair and Chief Executive - effectively Executive Chair - and has led Monitor through the whole process of change brought about by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This has been a period of great uncertainty for Monitor, with the nature of its role in the new system being unclear for most of the 18 months between the introduction of the Bill in January 2011 and its passing in 2012. Dr Bennett has both shaped and interpreted the role that Monitor now plays in the system which makes the transition to another individual taking on the Chair an especially difficult one. We do not think Mr Dodd is the right person to undertake that difficult transition.

5. On this basis we do not endorse Mr Dodd's appointment.


 
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