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RCOG statement on new National Clinical Directors appointed

News 14 March 2013

The Medical Director of the NHS Commissioning Board, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, has announced the names of the 21 new National Clinical Directors (NCDs) appointed to provide expert advice and research to the national medical directorate.

They will work part-time at the NHS Commissioning Board and provide insight into all different aspects of NHS care including obesity and diabetes, emergency preparedness and critical care, mental health, dementia and maternity and women’s health.

Dr Tony Falconer, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said:

“The RCOG welcomes these new appointments and in particular, the new post on maternity and women’s health.

“A National Clinical Director specifically on women’s health issues will enable better planning across the spectrum of women’s services. This should help ensure that the reproductive and sexual health needs of women are met on the NHS.

“There are many challenges facing our speciality including rising obesity rates, rising maternal age, rising complexities during pregnancy. We are glad that the Government has listened to us and are showing their commitment to place women at the very centre of care. This new appointment will help to improve quality and standards on the NHS.

“We look forward to working with the new National Clinical Directors and to addressing these challenges.”

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