Barbara Hakin

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Dr Dame Barbara Ann Hakin is the Deputy Chief Executive of NHS England. She was formerly the Chief Executive of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority. She was formerly a General Practitioner in Bradford.

She was accused of disregarding patient safety in a drive to ensure trusts met performance targets when chief executive of the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority in 2009 by Private Eye journalists Andrew Bousfield and Dr. Phil Hammond. 17 allegations were made by and related mainly to her treatment of former United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Gary Walker. She was referred to the General Medical Council. In October 2013 GMC case examiners ruled the case should be closed as there was no realistic prospect of finding her fitness to practice as a physician had been impaired in relation to any of the claims.[1]

She was said by the Health Service Journal to be the 16th most powerful person (and most influential woman) in the English NHS in December 2013[2] and her salary (£195,000) in 2013 was the seventh highest in the NHS.[3] As of 2015, Hakin was paid a salary of between £200,000 and £204,999 by NHS England, making her one of the 328 most highly paid people in the British public sector at that time.[4]

She was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2009 Queens Birthday Honours List.[5]

In July 2015 she announced that she would retire by the end of the year.[6]


  1. ^ "Hakin cleared of bullying and endangering patient safety". Health Service Journal. 29 October 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  2. ^ "HSJ100 2013 The annual list of the most influential people in health". Health Service Journal. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Public sector chiefs' pay revealed: the 800 mandarins and quangocrats who earn over £100,000". Daily Telegraph. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Senior officials 'high earners' salaries as at 30 September 2015 - GOV.UK". 2015-12-17. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  5. ^ Dr. Barbara Hakin named DBE; accessed 18 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Barbara Hakin to retire". Health Service Journal. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.