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National Health Service

Most commonly called the NHS. The collective name for the publicly-funded health care systems in the United Kingdom. The governments of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales operate their NHS systems independently, while the UK government controls the NHS in England. Each NHS system is funded entirely by the government and provides most services free of charge for patients. Critics contend that the NHS is too expensive for taxpayers and that inefficiency has led to long wait times for medical care. However, it has remained popular among many people in the UK.
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Sir William Wells, chairman of the NHS Appointments Commission said: "We need people from all walks of life, including younger people, to take up the challenge.
The Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust will now be lead by Sunderland-born Jules Preston for the next four years after an announcement by the NHS Appointments Commission.
We have referred the matter to the NHS Appointments Commission to consider whether any further action should be taken.
Dr John Walton Marshall, from Middleton-St-George, who recently retired as regional commissioner of the NHS Appointments Commission, was awarded the CBE for services to the NHS.
Cllr Tim Sawdon, Conservative representative for Wainbody, and former Tory leader, was appointed as a non-executive director to the board by the NHS Appointments Commission.
THE NHS Appointments Commission is seeking two non-executive directors for the Countess of Chester Hospital.
The NHS Appointments Commission confirmed the appointments to the board of Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust, which looks after GPs, dentists, pharmacies, opticians and community nurses.
The NHS Appointments Commission has made the six-month appointment, with immediate effect.