He is right.
About £4bn has been spent on the NPfIT – but that doesn’t mean thelarge central infrastructure costs continue to be worthwhile. Or theadvance payments to some suppliers. Or the costs to the NHS ofpreparing for go-lives which don’t materialise. Or the tens of millionsof pounds spent hiring staff to help restore order after troubledgo-lives.
These are questions that could and should be answered by an independent, published review.
Ministersand the Department of Health have always refused to hold a review, a”hear-no-evil” attitude which highlights one the things thatdifferentiates public and private sector projects and programmes.Companies usually want to know:
– if a big project is in trouble
– if so, why
– if it should be abandoned.
Ministersand permanent secretaries usually want to know everything about bigprojects in their departments except the answer to these questions. And if they do find out they probably wouldn’twant anyone to know, particularly the opposition.
Thank you Martyn for pointing out what should have been obvious to me.
Can Brown or Cameron really make big IT cuts? – IT Projects blog
The NHS 23 still favour an independent review – BCS website
How I got a job with Cerner – KansasCity.com (US)