Some CfH contracts - from hotels to consultants

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

Millbank Tweed Hadley and Mccloy £2m

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 

Capgemini £15m 

Deloitte MCS £42.8m 

Atos Consulting £32.3m 

Gartner £3.8m 

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?

Gordon Hextall of CfH to retire – E-health Insider