HC Deb 13 November 2001 vol 374 cc691-2W
Tim Loughton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the change of name to the National Clinical Director for Children. [14339]

Jacqui Smith

Professor Al Aynsley-Green's appointment was announced in July this year, following the publication of the report from the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry. The term "National Director for Healthcare services" originated in a recommendation in that report.

However, Professor Aynsley-Green's role includes chairing the Children's Taskforce, and leading work to develop the Children's National Service Framework. Both of these roles require an overview across health and social care services.

The title of "National Clinical Director for Children" recognises Professor Aynsley-Green's particular expertise as a clinician, but does not limit the type of services in which he takes an interest. This formulation matches that used for many other national directors.

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