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Chairman steps down at Newham CCG


14 August 2015

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The award-winning chairman of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced he is stepping down in one month.

The award-winning chairman of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has announced he is stepping down in one month.

Under Dr Zuhair Zarifa’s leadership the CCG has won a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award for work in mental health; developed screening and treatment in the community for latent TB; and launched the Sir Ludwig Guttmann Health and Wellbeing Centre among other initiatives.

Zarifa is retiring and will no longer chair the CCG, but will continue to see Newham patients through his work with Custom House GP Surgery.

Dr Zarifa said: “I am very proud of what we have achieved with our partners in health and social care and what we are doing to improve the health and wellbeing of local people in Newham… It will give me such great pleasure to see Newham and its people further flourish in the future.”

The process has begun to appoint a new chair, and chief officer of NHS Newham CCG, Steve Gilvin, said: “On behalf of the Board and all of our staff, I want to thank Zuhair for his enormous contribution to the effective running of NHS Newham CCG and his tireless commitment to improving the care of local people over the last 20 years.

“He is a true champion of our patients. His leadership, support and expertise will be greatly missed,” Gilvin added.

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