NHS Head Acknowledges NPfIT Won't Deliver

Ruth Carnall, chief executive of NHS London, has admitted that the £12.3 billion National Program for IT will not be able to accomplish all of its targeted goals which were promised when the scheme was first implemented.

The project, which has already been delayed by five years, was originally formulated to digitise patient records stored in hospitals under the National Health Scheme and was being touted as the largest and most advanced civilian or commercial IT project in the world.

The NHS announced the failure of the IT program after BT's £1 billion contract to work on London NHS centres, faced a set back of £112 million, which means that not all London based NHS hospitals will be getting a state of the art IT system to manage patient records.

Commenting on the issue at hand, a spokesperson for the Department of Health, said in statement that the changes made in London NHS IT plans portray "the changing landscape of NHS London, which requires acute hospitals to deliver a range of highly sophisticated and complex services, while less complex care is delivered closer to patients' homes via GP centres."

Last month, we reported how the NHS for IT project could well collapse over the next few months as the combination of budgetary constraints, administrative obstacles, legal challenges and a possible change in government policy may cause it to be scrapped altogether.

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However, the NHS reassured that failure of London's NHS IT program does not imply that the whole NHS IT scheme has failed and also added that the core infrastructure of the IT program was up and running.

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