Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Department of Health has released details of NPfIT contracts which were entered into between November 2005 and November 2007.
The spending on hotel reservations of about £1m, business travel at about £1.9m and £150m on consultants may not seem much given the size of the National Programme for IT. But the figures cover only two years of a programme that has been running more than six years. The figures for other years have not been released.
If much more of the NPfIT had been delivered successfully by the Department and the local service providers, the central costs would seem appropriate. As it is, they look out of place.
The Department of Health is defensive. Its officials point out that the figures are contract values. They say the money might not all have been spent. But when I asked what of the contract values had actually been spent I had no reply.
Some CfH contracts entered into 2005-2007:
DLA Piper £3m
Mills and Reeves Solictors £147,091
PR (including public information)
Fishburn Hedges £559,310
Good Relations £1.55m
Porter Novelli £1.05m
BT Conferencing £1.15m
Expotel Hotel Reservations £1.23m
Harry Weeks [Business Travel] £1.87m
Intercall [Teleconferencing] £274, 973
MWB [Serviced Offices] £15.8m
Regus [offices, meeting rooms] £3.17m
Sprint [international courier and other services] £192, 662
Cision UK [press cuttings] £30,000
Show Presentation Services (audio visual awareness) £141,880
ASE Consulting £31.7m
Deloitte MCS £42.8m
Atos Consulting £32.3m
QI Consulting £14.5m
Tribal Consulting £6.9m
NPfIT costs include £3m on hotel and business travel – Computer Weekly
C4 film tonight looks at NPfIT costs – IT Projects blog
C4 Film scrutinzes public spending including the NPfIT – Computer Weekly
Director shake-up of CfH – saviour of the NPfIT? Silicon.com
Gordon Hextall of CfH to retire – E-health Insider