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NHS must appoint IT tsar soon, experts warn

Fears are growing that that the NHS' failure to appoint an "IT tsar" could lead to delays in overhauling its technology...

Fears are growing that that the NHS' failure to appoint an "IT tsar" could lead to delays in overhauling its technology infrastructure.

Jean Roberts, communication taskforce leader of the BCS Health Informatics Groups, said, "We hope the appointment will be made very soon because the deadlines for parts of the NHS IT strategy are approaching." It would be good to get the boss on board, she added.

In June the Government advertised for a director general for the new NHS IT programme, a massive overhaul of health service IT that has been described as "the IT challenge of the decade". However, the post has still not been filled.

This week a spokesman for the Department of Health reiterated that an announcement is "imminent". "It will probably be within the next few weeks," he said.

NHS insiders estimate the successful candidate could be paid up to £240,00 a year.

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