NHS Information Technology

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 24th April 2007.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health) 2:30 pm, 24th April 2007

We are delivering connecting for health on time and on budget—but perhaps the hon. Gentleman's question was written by Professor Ross Anderson, who is an independent adviser on IT to the Select Committee on Health. Among a number of suggestions for Conservative party policy, he proposed a fresh look at IT policy, suggesting that in each civil service department there should be a chief information officer at grade 1 and that

"the top 50 per cent. performers should expect a knighthood", based on their IT advice. If that is the best advice that the Opposition can obtain for operating a modern Government using the modern technology necessary for our public services, so help them.

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