Granger goes, but who takes over?

I have written before about the uncertain leadership and consequent weak governance at the top of the NHS IT reform programme. Yesterday, we heard that director general Richard Granger has indeed finally left his role. But as to who takes over, we learn the following:

“There will be no direct replacement for Granger, but the DoH [Department of Health] will begin the process of filling two new positions over the next two weeks.”

What an extraordinary state of affairs, particularly given that Granger’s departure had been so well telegraphed. It beggars belief that in what is supposedly a cornerstone of the government’s reform programme, the issue of leadership comes as such an apparent afterthought.