Accolade for NHS IT campaign

Computer Weekly has scooped one of the top honours in UK journalism for its campaigning coverage of the £2.3bn IT modernisation...

Computer Weekly has scooped one of the top honours in UK journalism for its campaigning coverage of the £2.3bn IT modernisation of the NHS.

This is the third time in four years that Computer Weekly has won the Periodical Publishers Association's Campaign of the Year award. The award recognises Computer Weekly's championing of business-critical issues on behalf of IT professionals in the UK.

Computer Weekly launched its NHS IT Watch campaign in February 2003 to help voice the concerns of many IT professionals and clinicians about the methods, timescales and project management practices being employed by the Department of Health's national programme for IT.

Hooman Bassirian, editor of Computer Weekly, said, "This publication is a strong supporter of the NHS' modernisation and an independently-minded friend of the national programme for IT. The principal aim of the NHS IT Watch campaign is to ensure that billions of pounds of taxpayers' money are not wasted for want of good project management and a lack of transparency in the programme's decision-making.

"The campaign has been conducted in the face of considerable official secrecy and opposition. This award recognises the critical importance of the issues that we have addressed in our coverage. We will continue to ensure that our readers' voices are heard and understood by the national programme and the government."

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