Peter Drury has been appointed head of the NHS’s information policy unit, a new post carrying a salary of up to £95,000.

The unit was created in September as part of the IM&T strategy, Information for Health. Dr Drury worked on the preparation of the strategy under Frank Burns.

Until April Dr Drury will work alongside Ann Harding, who succeeded Mr Burns as acting head of the information management group. The group will then be disbanded and replaced by the newly created NHS Information Authority.

At the same time, IMG’s director of strategic planning, Mike Walker, has been relieved of his responsibility for the roll-out of the GPNet programme, which will now be run by Bob Grindrod. Mr Grindrod is seconded from his job as head of information at the Eastern regional office for the remainder of 1999. Mr Walker is to remain as leader of the NHS Executive’s year 2000 effort.