This is summary of a conversion with a senior executive who is working on the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. He lamented the departure of Richard Granger who has resigned as Director General of NHS IT and Chief Executive of NHS Connecting for Health which runs part of the national programme.
“Now when you leave the office at around 5.30 there’s hardly anyone still around. When you’ve got a national programme you need pretty tough people at the top.” He described the NLOP programme which transfers responsibility for the NPfIT to strategic health authorities and regional NPfIT programme boards as the “worst of all worlds”.
He said the government is trying to enact a centralist vision through local organisations that were not involved in the original decisions. He said: “Things are beginning to slow down to the normal pace of the NHS.”