James Forsyth James Forsyth

The NHS needs Simon Stevens to stay

NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens meeting with members of a vaccine team in Newcastle upon Tyne on 29 January. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

This morning, Boris Johnson should be calling Simon Stevens, his old Oxford Union rival, and urging him to stay on as head of the NHS for another year. The decision on the new head of the NHS is one of the most consequential decisions that Sajid Javid will make as Health Secretary and asking a newcomer to the brief to make this decision straightaway is unwise, especially as there is such a divide in opinion about who the best candidate for the job is.

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