Its conclusion: the 'glitzy 'joined-up' NHS remains a low-tech hotch-potch'
It's hard to get IT into the papers and, when it does get there, it seems readers have to be guided in gently.
The Sunday Telegraphdid a big piece on the 'botched upgrade', but gave it the populist headline 'Computer says no' after a sketch from Little Britain. Its conclusion: the 'glitzy 'joined-up' NHS remains a low-tech hotch-potch'.
Another way to get IT coverage is if it affects patient care. The Sunday Timesreported how a pilot at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre trust in Oxford had actually lengthened waiting times after computers crashed and data was lost. At the end of March, of the 199 or so people who were waiting more than six months for treatment, 123 were from Nuffield. The trust says it has now solved its problems.
Another story catching health reporters' attention was the job ad in the Sunday Times(and this week's HSJ) for the new chief executive of the NHS, a role The Timessaid would attract the highest public sector wage of around£300,000.
It is going to be much higher than Sir Nigel Crisp's salary (he was on almost£200,000), even though the post will only take on half of Sir Nigel's role: the Department of Health will get a separate permanent secretary.
The DoH wants international business leaders to apply, but The Timesputs five insiders in the frame: NHS commercial director Ken Anderson; acting chief executive Sir Ian Carruthers; DoH special adviser Matthew Swindells; and two chief executives of the forthcoming larger strategic health authorities, the north west's Mike Farrar and David Nicholson of London.