CHAI chair appointed
Professor Sir Ian Kennedy has been appointed chair-designate of the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI), the UK body to be set up in April 2004 to inspect clinical governance arrangements in the NHS, including checking the implementation of National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidances. As well as taking on the roles of the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI), CHAI will assume the “value for money” functions of the Audit Commission and the private healthcare functions of the National Care Standards Commission. (NCSC) Sir Ian is an emeritus professor of health law, ethics and policy at University College London. He chaired the public inquiry into children’s heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and is chair of the Nuffield Council.