BT appoints NHS heavy-hitter Dalton as BT Health leader
Ian Dalton's role likely to involve retaining as much of BT's NHS business as possible within context of a radically changing NHS commercial landscape
BT has confirmed that it has appointed Ian Dalton, currently chief operating officer and deputy chief executive of the NHS Commissioning Board, as president of BT Global Health.
He will take up his new post on 1 May 2013 and replaces interim president Judith Halkerston.
Luis Alvarez, chief executive officer of BT Global Services, said: "I am delighted that someone of Ian's calibre will be joining us to head up our health business to build on the excellent progress we've already made.
"Ian is a well-respected healthcare leader and will bring a wealth of experience and understanding of the NHS and the evolving healthcare market in the UK.
"Health continues to be a key sector for BT in the UK and increasingly internationally, where we are making some important strides. Our customers around the world are looking to realise greater efficiencies, increase productivity and provide better, safer patient care. There has never been a better time for technology to make a real difference and we look forward to ensuring BT continues to play a major role."
It is likely that Dalton's main goal will be to ensure that BT does well in contract rebids for N3 and the Spine which are contracts that must continue, though at this stage it is not clear in what form. The contracts are understood to be worth around £1.4bn to BT. In addition, local service provider contracts are also coming to an end and these are worth a further £1.6bn.