Review of NPfIT future starts next week
Two inquires next week will ask: should the NPfIT be continued in its current form?
Published 07:55, 18 May 11
Separately, there will be a hearing on the NAO's NPfIT report by the Public Accounts Committee. It will also question whether the NPfIT should be continued.
Former Labour minister Margaret Hodge, Chair of the Public Accounts Committee, says of today's NAO report:
"Despite a massive increase in cost to the taxpayer - expected total spending now stands at £11.4 billion - the Programme has delivered less than promised and to far too few organisations across the NHS.
"Currently running at least five years’ late, the Programme’s scope has time after time been scaled back and a number of suppliers have been shed along the way.
"It is sad to see the Department’s lofty ambitions continue to be compromised, as the vision of joined-up healthcare gives way to a bunch of local systems which will need even more money spent on them to allow them to talk to each other.
"It is deeply worrying to hear that the NAO ”has no grounds for confidence” that the remaining planned spending of £4.3 billion on care records systems will provide value for money. We will want to question officials on whether the Programme should be stopped, even at this late stage.
"The report also raises questions as to who will be responsible and accountable for this huge Programme and this massive expenditure after NHS reorganisation. This issue must be addressed urgently. We cannot and will not sit back and allow more public money to be spent with ever diminishing returns."
I have summarised the NAO's NPfIT report here.