The Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) Chief Executive and Registrar has resigned from his post with immediate effect due to "personal reasons".
Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes joined the nursing watchdog in November 2009 but decided to bow out today (Monday 12 January) after being struck down with ill health.
The NMC Chair, Professor Tony Hazell, confirmed the news in a statement:
"After a period of sick leave, Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes, has decided to resign from his position as Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council and leave with immediate effect," he said.
"We would like to express our thanks for his contribution to the NMC and wish him well for the future."
Jackie Smith, the NMC's Director of Fitness for Practice, will continue as Acting Chief Executive and Registrar but it is believed the post will be filled on a more permanent basis in the future.
"No. I was delighted to hear of his demise....or should I say resignation. Other than the obligatory 'we wish him well' I have yet to find any published support or endorsement of his tenure as CEO/Registrar of the NMC." - Simon Green, Bristol