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NHS England boss Sir Simon Stevens will become a peer in the House of lords when he steps down from running the health service in July

Sir Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England, has announced his retirement in July.

Downing Street confirmed that the public health manager will leave his post after seven years to become a peer in the House of Lords. According to an NHS England spokesman, he will sit as a crossbencher.

Sir Simon has led the health service through three elections and the Covid pandemic since taking over the position on April 1, 2014.

He described leading the NHS through “some of the most difficult challenges in its history” as a privilege in a letter to colleagues.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson praised the outgoing health secretary, saying he had “led the NHS with distinction for the past seven years.”

Sir Simon’s impending departure had been rumored in NHS circles for two years, and politicians have expressed their support for him.

‘Joining the health service in my early twenties was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, followed three decades later by the privilege of leading the NHS through some of the toughest challenges in its history,’ Sir Simon said in a statement released by NHS England.

‘The people of this country have rightly praised NHS staff for their outstanding service during this terrible pandemic, as well as the success of our Covid vaccination deployment.’

‘As the pandemic fades in this country, the NHS’s track record of advancing medical progress in a way that benefits everybody rightly inspires young people to join one of the most important causes – health and high-quality care for all, now and in the future.’

Sir Simon Stevens, who joined the NHS in 1988 through its graduate management program, was appointed Chief Executive of NHS England on April 1, 2014.

Before becoming NHS chief executive, he worked in frontline NHS services as well as international health care in the public and private sectors, as well as at 10 Downing Street and the Department of Health.

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