Nigel Hawkes understands the current situation in the NHS. Would Neil McKay do a better job than David Nicholson? McKay was Deputy Chief Executive for the NHS Executive. Following Nigel Crisp's appointment as Chief Executive/Permanent Secretary in November 2000, Neil McKay became Chief Operating Officer for the Department of Health and Chaired the NHS Operational Board. He became Chief Executive of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in April 2002. He's now at the Strategic Health Authority in the East of England.