Behind the scenes experts at the National Audit Office have played a key role in helping to produce the report of the Public Accounts Committee on the National Programme for IT [NPfIT]
Last June the NAO produced a report on the NPfIT. In the same month MPs on the PAC then questioned senior civil servants on the NAO’s findings, including Sir Ian Carruthers, Acting Chief Executive of the NHS and Richard Granger, NHS Director General of IT.
Then officials at the Department of Health submitted papers to the committee to answer points raised by the committee’s MPs. Independent experts and others, too, submitted papers.
Several months later the NAO, weighing up all the evidence, produced a secret first draft of the PAC’s report. This draft was considered by the PAC in private. The NAO then reviewed for credibility and accuracy any changes to the first draft and the PAC’s final report was issued today [17 April].