Weekly IT news round-up podcast: Blair's politics interfered with NHS NPfIT practicalities

In this week's podcast round-up of the latest IT industry news, Warwick Ashford discusses stories including revelations that Tony Blair tried to shorten the NPfIT timetable to meet an election deadline, and the way in which a number of companies are making the most of the special skills of people with autism in the world of software testing.

In this week's podcast round-up of the latest UK IT industry news, Warwick Ashford reviews the most popular stories online last week, and looks ahead to the stories breaking in the latest issue.

Topics include revelations that Tony Blair tried to shorten the timetable of the NHS National Programme for IT in order to deliver results in time for a May 2005 general election date, an allegation that executive editor Tony Collins says is a case of "politics interfering with practicalities". Also in this podcast, Cliff Saran discusses a novel approach taken by a number of companies to meet skills shortages by employing people with autism in the field of software testing, helping to meet their special needs while also making the most of their special skills.

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