Responding to today’s NHSX announcement, Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents organisations across the healthcare sector, said:
“We are or should be on the cusp of massive change in the use of digital technology and the Secretary of State deserves credit for championing this issue when so much focus is elsewhere.
“The ambition that new NHS technology will make sure that different systems can talk to each other has to be the right one. The support for the national cancer and mental health teams is also really welcome.
“But creating yet another arms-length body at the centre, however innovative, will not in itself drive the technological revolution we all want to see. And the question must be asked why is NHS Digital not taking this forward?
“More importantly, if NHSX is to succeed it needs to draw on the expertise within the service and harness the fantastic work already underway as well as showing what is possible.
“It is vital that we strike the right balance between support and control. The lessons from the past suggest that fewer diktats and more collaboration from the centre will bring about more effective change more quickly.”