Nicholson to face MPs
Sir David Nicholson will appear before MPs to give evidence on the Francis report into the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust scandal.
The NHS chief executive, who was in charge of the Strategic Health Authority governing Stafford Hospital when many of the care failings occurred, will face the Health Select Committee next Tuesday.
Sir David has faced widespread calls to resign in the wake of the publication of the Francis report, which detailed the failings at the Trust.
Writing for PoliticsHome's Central Lobby
earlier today, Conservative MP Charlotte Leslie called for Sir David's resignation.
She said his name had appeared "throughout this diabolical saga” detailed by the Francis Report.
"In any other walk of life, the death of 1,200 people and such catastrophic failings would lead to a resignation and serious consequences. If we are to have faith in the NHS as an institution, public servants in its employment simply cannot be immune from responsibility," she added.
Ms Leslie tabled an Early Day Motion
earlier this week calling for his resignation which is currently backed by 16 MPs.
However he was given support from the newly-formed NHS commissioning board, whose chair Malcolm Grant said he was "very strongly" in favour of Sir David remaining in post.
Earlier it was reported that NHS hospitals may have been doctoring statistics to play down unusually high death rates, with the head of one trust under investigation over a possible cover-up.
The chief executive of Bolton Foundation Trust, Dr Jackie Bene, has stood down during a joint investigation from local NHS officials and mortality experts.
NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh said it was "absolutely unacceptable for any part of the NHS to deliberately manipulate patient information".