Feeds

NPfIT letter raises more reader hackles

Shooting the messenger

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Letter of the Week Every now and then we get a letter of such quality that we can't wait 'till the next batch of correspondence to run it. This is such an occasion.

Allow us to remind you of the story last week detailing the latest financial difficulties to beset the NHS's National Programme for IT. Shortly after this story ran, the NPfIT itself wrote to us explaining just how wrong we were.

As well as a whole sackful of responses (published on Tuesday this week here) we have received the following. Dave, you have the floor:

Ohh, look, a spokesperson... hey, I know, let's play 'shoot the messenger'!

" It has been reported that the NHS has been "fined". The NHS has not been "fined". It has to pay for not meeting its contractual obligations. "

Hey! Spokesweasel! What you're saying is that the NHS is in breach of contract, and so the other party to the contract has invoked a penalty clause, resulting in the NHS having to pay a financial penalty, yes? And what's the dictionary definition of the verb "to fine"? Well, dictionary.com quotes: "A forfeiture or penalty to be paid to the offended party in a civil action." The breach of contract is a civil case, yes? And the money you paid was a penalty, yes? And the people you paid it to were the offended party, yes?

Then it's a fine, dummy! BANG! Now, what else can we shoot you for.. oh yes..

" Theo (sic.) central costs of the IT programme, covering the core contracts, are £6.2bn. These costs have not risen. However, we have long been clear that the cost of implementation will also include local NHS IT spend on software, hardware and training. These costs will be met by trusts' existing spend on IT - around £1bn a year - so to claim costs have spiralled to £20bn is misleading as it includes the £6.2bn central costs plus additional existing local spend on IT over the 10 year implementation of the programme."

Hey! Spokesthing! The way I add it, ten plus six makes sixteen. Where'd the other four billion quid go? You may not call that spiralling, but I know how I'd feel if something I was buying suddenly got a whole 25% more expensive while I was in the middle of purchasing it... BANG!<

Oh, plus of course: the Reg didn't actually use the word "spiralling". You made that up to make their claims seem overexaggerated so that your false denials would seem more plausible, didn't you? BANG!< Yes, you did!

In fact, you said that it was "completely incorrect" to describe the project as over budget, but then you admit to a four billion pound deficit and deny only that it's "spiralling". That means it's NOT AT ALL incorrect to describe it as overbudget, by your own admission. BANG!<

Aww. It's still writhing. Maybe we should stomp on its head. Then again, maybe we should just leave it there to bleed slowly to death.

Strewth, who ever decided the NHS needed spin doctors more than medical ones really needs to have their head examined. That's assuming there's still any NHS psychiatric care services *left*, of course....

cheers, DaveK

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Cops baffled by riddle of CHICKEN who crossed ROAD
'Officers were unable to determine Chicken's intent'
Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!
Put it away boys. Cover them up ladies. Your credit cards, we mean
Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?
Local UK gov outs most ridiculous FoI requests...
Murder accused DIDN'T ask Siri 'how to hide my roommate'
US court hears of cached browser image - not actual request
Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people
They're a future source of RENEWABLE ENERGY
Chomp that sausage: Brits just LOVE scoffing a Full Monty
Sales of traditional brekkie foods soar as hungry folk get their mitts greasy
Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE
Examining the frothy disconnect in indie cafe culture
Ex-Apple man Sam Sung - for it is he - sticks namebadge on eBay
Stump up via tat bazaar, do a good thing for ill kids
Check your Clungene, Irish women warned
Have a quick shufti, you may not be pregnant after all
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.