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NPfIT gets new SRO

6th May 2006
Sir Ian Carruthers, acting chief executive of the NHS, has been appointed overall senior responsible owner for the £6.2bn national programme for IT in the NHS (NPfIT).

In doing so, he becomes the most senior person yet to take on the responsibility for the delayed NHS IT project.

The acting NHS CEO becomes the fifth individual to hold the position of SRO for the programme. Previously, the post has been held by DH director Professor John Pattison, deputy chief medical officer Professor Aidan Halligan, ex-health authority chief executive Alan Burns and most recently DH director John Bacon.

The Office of Government Commerce's Gateway guidance on delivering major IT projects states there should be as much continuity as possible in the person occupying the position of SRO throughout the duration of a project.

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