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Barrister named as preferred CQC candidate

30 November 2012

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A former MP and barrister has been named as the government’s preferred candidate for the post of chair of troubled regulator Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The Health Select Committee will now hold a public pre-appointment scrutiny hearing to report on David Prior’s suitability for the post.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will then consider the Committee’s recommendations before deciding whether or not to proceed with the appointment.
Prior currently holds the position of chairman of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Foundation Trust and chair of an Academy School.
He is a qualified barrister and served in a number of political roles, including as MP for North Norfolk, deputy chairman and chief executive of the Conservative Party and a member of the Trade and Industry Select Committee.