NHS appoints new IT supremos

The health department has finally appointed replacements for Richard Granger, the National Health Service’s IT supremo, some six months after his departure as head of Connecting for Health, the white elephant health service programme that aims to create an electronic patient record system.

Christine Connolly, previously chief information officer at Cadbury Schweppes and head of IT for a significant part of BT’s business, will become chief information officer for health, with overall responsibility for information strategy across the NHS.

Martin Bellamy, a former KPMG partner who has been chief information officer for the Pensions Service since 2003, will be the scheme’s head of programme and system delivery.

Gordon Hextall, the programme’s chief operating officer, who has been acting as the its head since Mr Granger departed, is expected to stay in post.

The health department said both jobs were advertised and would be paid in the £200,000-a-year range. Mr Granger, when he joined the health department in 2002, was briefly Britain’s highest paid civil servant, on £250,000 a year.


Health Direct asks why- at a time when NHS penny pinching is condemning thousands to early deaths, does the NHS needs two IT bosses? At a cool £200K each.

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