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Tony Collins is an investigative and campaigning journalist and former Executive Editor at Computer Weekly. With his friend and colleague David Bicknell he wrote "Crash", which found common factors in the world's largest public and private sector IT-related failures. He wrote "Open Verdict", a book on the strange deaths of defence scientists. He writes, and gives talks, on the tensions and disputes between suppliers and users.

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Review of NPfIT future starts next week

Two inquires next week will ask: should the NPfIT be continued in its current form?

A "cold hard look" at the future of the National Programme for IT will start next week, says Mark Davies of the National Audit Office.Davies and his colleagues at the NAO produced today's report "The National Programme for IT in...

Tags: bt, csc, nao, nhs connecting for health, npfit, outsourcing, project failures, public accounts committee, public sector

Health CIO Connelly at odds with PM over NPfIT value for money?

Christine Connelly and the PM have said different things on the NPfIT’s value for money

In September last year I asked Christine Connelly, the Health CIO, whether the £5.8bn spent so far on the National Programme for IT had been value for money. Her reply in defence of the NPfIT leaves me to wonder whether she...

Tags: christine connelly, health cio, npfit, public sector, senior responsible owner

NAO inquiry into NPfIT care records: a CfH response?

How have CfH and DH officials helped an investigation by the National Audit Office of the NPfIT Care Records Service?

On Wednesday this week the National Audit Office will publish its third report on the NPfIT. The report's title: The National Programme for IT in the NHS: an update on the delivery of care records systems.The NAO says the report...

Tags: care records service, department of health, it failures, nhs connecting for health, npfit, outsourcing, public sector, summary care records

CSC seeks UK government clarification on Cameron's remarks

CSC's CEO Mike Laphen reassures his company's investors over the future of NHS IT contracts

CSC is seeking a clarifying statement from the UK Government after David Cameron's comments about the company's NHS contracts at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons on Wednesday. Answering a question by Richard Bacon MP, a member of the...

Tags: csc, lorenzo, major projects authority, npfit

Why PM's intervention on the NPfIT is welcome

David Cameron asserts his authority over the NPfIT after tenacious interventions by MP Richard Bacon

Congratulations to the PM David Cameron and Conservative MP Richard Bacon for halting an attempt by officials at NHS Connecting for Health to sign a new NHS deal with CSC before it has been considered by MPs and the Cabinet Office....

Tags: cfh, csc, david cameron, failing it projects, isoft, lorenzo, major projects authority, nhs connecting for health, nhs it scheme, npfit, outsourcing, public sector, treasury

National Audit Office will report on the NPfIT next week

National Audit Office report on the NHS IT scheme will be less deferential than health officials would like

The National Audit Office will publish next week the results of its latest investigations into the NPfIT. Its report on 18 May is the NAO’s third on the NPfIT. Publication will be followed remarkably quickly by a hearing of the Public...

Tags: bt, christine connelly, connecting for health, csc, health cio, nhs cfh, npfit, outsourcing, public sector, senior responsible owner

Prime Minister to be questioned next week on CSC's NHS IT deal

David Cameron to be asked about his talks with Andrew Lansley and Francis Maude on CSC's £3bn NPfIT contracts

David Cameron will be asked at Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons next week about his discussions on the performance of CSC as supplier of the "Lorenzo" software under the NHS IT scheme.CSC has NHS IT contracts worth...

Tags: cfh, christine connelly, csc, david cameron, failed it projects, health cio, isoft, lorenzo, national programme for it, nhs connecting for health, nhs it scheme, npfit, outsourcing, public sector

MP to fight expedited signing of CSC NPfIT deal

CSC has announced a new NHS deal is likely within weeks - but an MP will try and halt its being signed

CSC has announced that it expects to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Health "within weeks".But Conservative MP Richard Bacon, an established member of the Public Accounts Committee, will try to stop health officials from expediting the signing...

Tags: bt, cfh, christine connelly, csc, david nicholson, health cio, lorenzo, nhs, nhs connecting for health, npfit, public sector, sro

Is CfH central health IT spend beyond Cabinet Office control?

Tory MP calls for the PM to intervene in negotiations between CfH officials and CSC

Conservative MP Richard Bacon, an established member of the Public Accounts Committee, has written a fascinating letter today - 5 April 2011 - to David Cameron, the Prime Minister.It questions whether NHS Connecting for Health - a part of the...

Tags: bt health, connecting for health, csc, healthspace, lorenzo, national programme for it, nhs cfh, npfit, outsourcing, public accounts committee, public sector, richard bacon, summary care records

Fujitsu confirms departure of MD of Government Business

Eithne Wallis, Managing Director, Government Business at Fujitsu Services, leaves to take on non-exec roles

Fujitsu has confirmed that Eithne Wallis, Managing Director, Government Business at Fujitsu Services, has left the company.Asked about her departure and the loss of Fujitsu’s £330m desktop contract with the Department for Work and Pensions, a spokesman for the company...

Tags: cabinet office, desktop services, dwp, fujitsu services, joe harley, outsourcing, public sector, thin-client