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UK Department Of Health CIO Resigns

Christine Connelly, chief information officer (CIO) at the Department of Health, is likely to quit her job towards the end of June, according to new reports.

Connelly's decision to part ways with the National Health Service is yet another painful blow to the already troubled £11.4 billion worth National Programme for IT.

The National Programme for IT recently lost two of its key suppliers, Fujitsu and Accenture. And then to make matters worse, the programme authorities have found themselves under severe criticism from due to alleged inefficiencies regarding their relationship with the two remaining major suppliers CSC and BT.

The programme, which basically deals with digital patient records, was thrashed by many of the doctors and patients who used it as well. The programme was meant to make patient records quickly and easily available throughout a patient's lifetime of treatment.

The Department of Health also revealed its plan to reduce the number of Director General posts shortly before Connelly's decision to quit.

"The Department of Health faces a major reorganisation of its top structures that will result in fewer Director General posts," Connelly said, IDG News (opens in new tab) (opens in new tab) reports.

"I have been reflecting on whether I would wish to go for one of those roles and decided that I will not."