By Tony Collins
Conservative MP Richard Bacon says there is some good news from the “fiasco” that is the NHS National Programme for IT.
He says: “The National Programme for IT in the NHS, the largest civilian IT programme in the world, has failed in its main purpose. After many years of thinking big but achieving little, the Department of Health has been forced to admit that the central aim of a detailed electronic care record for every patient in England will remain a pipe dream.
“The Department is unable to show what has been achieved for the £2.7bn spent so far on care records systems, while its attempts to renegotiate contracts have resulted in huge reductions in what suppliers are required to deliver without an equivalent cut in prices.
“Meanwhile, many Trusts could face unquantifiable future bills for the upkeep of interim systems which were never deemed adequate for the original contracts and which were only installed because suppliers were unable to meet their original obligations.
“The only good news from this fiasco is that every move of the Department of Health in this area will now be subject to the closest scrutiny from the Cabinet Office”.
Bacon was commenting on today’s report of the Public Accounts Committee on NPfIT detailed care records systems.