NHS Scotland chief Derek Feeley to leave post for US

The head of Scotland's NHS has announced he is leaving his post to take up a job in America.

Derek Feeley, chief executive of the NHS, said it had been a "privilege" to run the health service in Scotland since 2010.

He will be taking up a new position as executive vice-president of the not-for-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement in the US.

A replacement for his role has not yet been announced.

Mr Feeley, who is also the director general of the Scottish government's health and social care department, first worked in health in 2004 when he worked on the Kerr Report, which recommended far-reaching reforms of the NHS.

In March, he faced questions at Holyrood's audit committee, which was examining NHS list manipulation.

He told MSPs that any manipulation of figures were "unacceptable", but there was no widespread evidence of the practice across the NHS in Scotland.

He will be leaving his post on 13 August.

"I have really enjoyed working in the health directorates and with the NHS in Scotland over the last nine years or so," he said.

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