This is one of a series on this blog of some of more memorable comments made by witnesses and MPs at an inquiry into the National Programme for IT [NPfIT] by the Health Committee of the House of Commons.
The witnesses at the first hearing on 26 April 2007 were:
– Richard Granger, Director General of IT for the NHS and head of the NPfIT
– Harry Cayton, National Director for Patients and the Public, Department of Health
– Dr Gillian Braunold, a GP and National Clinical Lead for GPs, Connecting for Health.
A list of who is on the committee is at the end of this article.
At the Health Committee hearing Richard Granger said: “…I would say with the time overruns that one of the problems with this programme is there was no financial contingency.
“So, as a programme director, quality, functionality and time are the three things that we have to deal with and the only expression of dealing with problems on this programme is necessarily time, because we are operating within a financial cap and the functionality demands have tended to increase rather than decrease.”
Membership of the House of Commons’ Health Committee
Kevin Barron, Labour, Rother Valley – Chairman
Mr David Amess, Conservative, Southend West
Charlotte Atkins, Labour, Staffordshire Moorlands
Mr Ronnie Campbell, Labour, Blyth Valley
Jim Dowd, Labour, Lewisham West
Sandra Gidley, Liberal Democrat, Romsey
Stewart Jackson, Conservative, Peterborough
Dr Doug Naysmith, Labour/Co-operative, Bristol North West
Mike Penning, Conservative, Hemel Hempstead
Dr Howard Stoate, Labour, Dartford
Dr Richard Taylor, Independent, Wyre Forest