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October 3, 2007  7:00 AM

National Audit Office – the murky “clearance” process

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, complacency, HMRC, incompetence, IT projects, NAO, NPfIT, openness, Project management

GP Mary Hawking has commented on an important point made in the Channel 4 "Dispatches" programme about the murky "clearance" process by which the public spending watchdog, the National Audit...

September 24, 2007  3:39 PM

Sir Bobby Robson’s electronic health records viewed illicitly by NHS staff

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accountability, IT projects, IT security, NPfIT, Project management

robson.jpg Details have emerged of an incident last year in which the electronic medical records of former England football manager


September 3, 2007  8:47 AM

ID card new contracts – genuinely innovative?

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, FOI, ID cards, NPfIT, openness, over-optimism

Comment On 9 August 2007, BBC Radio 4's The World Tonight posed the question on ID cards ‘can this project come in on time and under budget’ on the day that the government invited companies to bid for the project...

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August 14, 2007  1:30 PM

The future of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT looks hazy – analysis

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accountability, NPfIT, openness, Project management

In London in May 2007 a senior health official gave an assurance – of sorts – about the future of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. Andy Burn, head of IM&T planning at NHS Connecting for Health, which runs much of the NPfIT, told the government IT summit: . “It...


August 13, 2007  2:50 PM

Gateway reviews, ID cards and work on a £244m government IT programme that’s “on hold”

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, ID cards, incompetence, IT projects, mistakes, NPfIT, over-optimism, Project management, Transparency

The Times has published a leaked email written by Roger Hill, Director of the Probation Service. It said that costings on a C-NOMIS IT project were over-optimistic. The email said: “Many of you will be aware that, in...


August 9, 2007  10:14 AM

Government snubs key recommendations of Public Accounts Committee on NHS National Programme for IT

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, IT projects, mistakes, NPfIT, openness, Project management, Transparency

The government under Gordon Brown has rejected a call by an all-party group of MPs for an independent review of the business case for the NHS’s National Programme for IT [NPfIT], in the light of progress and experience to date. It has also rejected


August 3, 2007  12:28 PM

ID cards – some of the main corporate beneficiaries so far

tcollins1 Profile: tcollins1
accountability, ID cards, lists, openness

Some in the IT industry are concerned about facets of the ID cards programme: the costs, the lack of a robust business case, and uncertainties over how well the technologies will work when applied to millions of people. But not everyone is complaining. Indeed a by-product of the government's...


July 20, 2007  2:22 PM

Investigation into “unauthorised” Google sponsored link for NHS Connecting for Health

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accountability, Google, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

The Department of Health has begun an investigation into how an "unauthorised" sponsored link on Google was acquired for NHS Connecting for Health which runs the NHS's £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT]. The


July 16, 2007  4:29 PM

Ben Bradshaw expected to be 13th ministerial spokesman for NHS National Programme for IT

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accountability, IT projects, NPfIT, Project management

Ministers who are appointed as spokespeople for the NHS's National Programme for IT [NPfIT] come and go. This is the roll call so far: John Reid, John Hutton, Lord Hunt, Liam Byrne, Hazel Blears, David Lammey, Lord Warner, Caroline Flint, Rosie Winterton, Andy Burnham, Ivan Lewis, Patricia...


July 16, 2007  2:47 PM

Policing IT in government – is the National Audit Office too timid?

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accountability, incompetence, IT projects, IT security, mistakes, NPfIT, over-optimism, Project management, Transparency

Comment: A report of the US Office of Inspector General on the loss of more than one million health records recommends that action be taken against individuals after a hard drive containing sensitive information went missing. It highlights systemic weaknesses in government security policies; it...


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