Bets are on for the new NHS Chief Executive

If you like an occasional flutter but are fed up with the usuals bets on Royal Baby names, horses or of course the latest Dr Who, you might be pleased to know that Paddy Power and William Hill have just published their odds on who will replace Sir David Nicholson as the next Chief Executive of the NHS. Some of the contenders include;

Mike Farrar – Chief Executive of NHS Confederation 3/1 on William Hill 7/1 on Paddy Power Farrar certainly has a lot of experience of leadership within the NHS and he’s odds-on favourite to take the CEO spot on William Hill.

Dame Barbara Hakin- Chief Operating Officer at NHS England 20/1 on William Hill 18/1 on Paddy Power A champion of services to reduce inequality and well known for her redesign of clinical commissioning. Will a woman take the top job?

Mark Britnell- Global Head of Health, KPMG 9/4 on William Hill 2/1 on Paddy Power Former commissioning supremo now at KPMG, Mark is often cited as favourite in the running, but not on Paddy Power – head there for the best Britnell odds (although a typo means you’re actually betting on Mark Britnall, the owner of a furniture store in Montana).

Sir Terry Leahy- Previous CEO of Tesco 10/1 on William Hill 20/1 on Paddy Power See our recent blog post for our thoughts on Sir Terry and the possibility of non-NHS-er taking the top spot.

Donald Berwick- Former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services 10/1 on William Hill 6/4 on Paddy Power A former administrator under Obama’s government, Berwick has been a practicing paediatrician since he left Harvard Medical School, and co-founded the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI). However in mid-June he declared his intention to run for governor of Massachusetts. Would the offer of the top job at the NHS be enough to tempt him away from running for office?

If you want to see who else is on the bookies shortlist, or make a bet of your own, go to Paddy Power or William Hill.

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