Leading computer science experts are this week writing to parliament calling for an independent audit of the NHS national programme for IT (NPfIT).
The signatories, 23 of the UK's top academics in computer-related sciences, are concerned about the technical feasibility of a fully integrated national programme.
Their open letter to the House of Commons Health Select Committee echoes a call last year by Computer Weekly for an independent audit of the project.
The letter is unprecedented. Suppliers say they have been warned off speaking about the NPfIT, and IT directors in the NHS fear being victimised if they openly express critical views. Academics, who are independent of the NHS, can express their concerns without fear of repercussions.