Feeds

NHS IT misses another deadline

Time to call Dignitas

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The National Programme for IT, the £12.7bn scheme to wire up the country's health system, has missed another major deadline - getting iSoft's Lorenzo patient management software running in Morecambe Bay.

The contract is being run by CSC and the NHS stressed it would not be paying the consultants or signing fresh contracts until it had got the software running. CSC is responsible for more than half of the NPfIT but this final failure could push it to walk away.

A Department of Health spokesman sent us the following:

We made clear last year that it is important to improve the certainty of delivery of NHS IT in the acute sector while ensuring that any innovation matches the changing needs of the local NHS. We want Trusts to be able to choose how National Programme for IT products can work with local systems that remain fit for purpose. This new flexible framework is the basis of our Memorandum of Understanding with BT and will be the basis for an MOU we expect to sign with CSC once University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust goes live with Lorenzo. While we are disappointed that we have not been able to agree both MOUs, we are expecting our current review with CSC of delivery plans to achieve significant savings, while building on the gains already made for patients, clinicians and managers.

In the early days of the project we were promised it would provide value for money because it would be run from start to finish by one person and because it would never be hostage to one vendor - there would always be competition for contracts. In reality the man in charge quit and Fujitsu withdrew in 2008, following Accenture's departure in 2006.

If CSC withdraws too the NHS will be left with BT. It was revealed in Parliament yesterday that BT has been hit with 70 default notices for "critical service level failures" since August 2009, E-Health Insider has more.

The project has been plagued with even more than the usual level of government screw-ups.

Primary supplier iSoft almost went bust and had to be bailed out by the taxpayer before such practices became fashionable. A review of iSoft's Lorenzo software found glaring problems as far back as 2004 and said there was no believable plan for releasing updates.

Back in 2007 the Public Accounts Committee demanded immediate remedial action to fix a project which was even then two years late.

Even if the project does not fail on its own it could be a victim of assisted suicide if the Tories win the upcoming election - they've promised big cuts to unspecified IT projects to pay for not increasing National Insurance. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bono apologises for iTunes album dump
Megalomania, generosity and FEAR of irrelevance drove group to Apple deal
HBO shocks US pay TV world: We're down with OTT. Netflix says, 'Gee'
This affects every broadcaster, every cable guy
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks
Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité: Two out of three ain't bad
SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links
Not even Google can withstand the power of Auntie
Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet
Nerds told to get lost in last-minute power grab bid at UN meeting
Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express
Series finally hits stride, but Clara's U-turn is baffling
Don't bother telling people if you lose their data, say Euro bods
You read that right – with the proviso that it's encrypted
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.