'A controversial former head of the NHS has returned to a health service job just four years after quitting in disgrace.
Sir David Nicholson, 63, was held responsible for not taking action over the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal where 1,400 patients died - while he was head of the West Midlands Health Authority.
Sir Nicholson was dubbed the 'man with no shame' by protesters, over his refusal to take responsibility for various NHS scandals, especially the neglect of patients at Mid Staffordshire NHS trust.
He reportedly ignored warnings that patients were dying due to poor care at his former trust.
Nicholson, who earned £290,000 a year and left with a £2 million pension pot, has been advising private sector companies since retiring.
In his new role, he will get £40,000 a year as part-time chair of the failing Worcestershire NHS Trust, which has been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission.
His second wife, 20 years his junior, was one of his former trainees and is now chief executive at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Before retiring, Nicholson was also criticised over a £50,000-a-year expenses bill that included first class travel and the use of luxury hotels.
His new appointment has been slammed by those who called for him to quit as an NHS chief executive.
Julie Bailey, who lost her mum at Mid Staffs and exposed the scandal, said last night that she was 'appalled' by Nicholson's appointment.
'This man ignored the concerns that were raised about Mid Staffs and refused to meet the families of those who had died or been harmed by dreadful care. He will be good at balancing the books but will do nothing for patient safety.'
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