NHS IT tsar will be named soon


NHS IT tsar will be named soon

James Rogers
The appointment of an "IT tsar" to deliver the Government's ambitious NHS IT plan is imminent, the Government confirmed this week.

A spokesman for the Department of Health said, "We are currently at a late stage in the recruitment process and we expect to make an announcement shortly."

He was, however, unable to provide any information on the shortlist or when the announcement will be made.

In June the Government advertised for a director general for the new NHS IT programme, a major overhaul of health service IT that has been described as "the IT challenge of the decade".

Long-term objectives of the strategy include providing broadband access to all NHS clinicians and support staff by December 2005 and implementing domain-to-domain encryption. A national appointment booking service is expected to be in place by December 2007, along with electronic patient records for all primary care trusts and hospitals.

NHS insiders estimate the successful candidate could be paid up to £240,000 a year.

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