Need for NHS IT audit raised in parliament

A campaign by 23 experts in computer-related science for an independent audit of the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is gathering strength after it was raised in the House of Commons.

A campaign by 23 experts in computer-related science for an independent audit of the NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is gathering strength after it was raised in the House of Commons.

Labour MP David Taylor, a former computer manager, questioned the leader of the house Geoff Hoon on an open letter signed by the 23 academics, asking the Health Committee to call for a technical audit of the scheme.

Taylor praised the government’s record on improving public services but added, “One area where we have, sadly, maintained the record of the previous government is in the acquisition, design, build, implementation and running of major computer systems such as Connecting for Health.”

He drew attention to an early-day motion, which has been signed by nearly 30 MPs, that backs the academics’ call for a review.

Hoon replied that Taylor had raised a “serious and proper concern about large-scale computer systems”, and said that “lessons have been learned”.

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