Friday, September 23, 2011
Well That Seems To Be An End ToThe UK National Health IT Program. There Are Lessons Here I Am Sure!
The following appeared overnight.
£12.7bn computer scheme to create patient record system is to be scrapped after years of delays
The Guardian, Thu 22 Sep 2011 01.54 BST
An ambitious multibillion pound programme to create a computerised patient record system across the entire NHS is being scrapped, ministers have decided.
The £12.7bn National Programme for IT is being ended after years of delays, technical difficulties, contractual disputes and rising costs.
Health secretary Andrew Lansley, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude and NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson have decided it is better to discontinue the programme rather than put even more money into it. The axe may be wielded , with ministers likely to criticise the last Labour government for initiating the project but doing too little to ensure it delivered its objectives.
An announcement has been expected for months after the National Audit Office cast serious doubt on the wisdom of ploughing further money into the scheme and David Cameron told MPs in May that he was considering that advice. Whitehall sources confirmed the decision had been made because of coalition cost-cutting and the ongoing problems.
"It was meant to be a very helpful thing for NHS staff and patients but instead has become this amazingly top-heavy, hideously expensive programme. The problem is, it didn't deliver", said a Department of Health source.
There are clearly a lot of lessons to be learnt. I hope we bother to look very closely as what happened and exactly why!
Posted by Dr David More MB PhD FACHI at Friday, September 23, 2011