Wednesday, August 23, 2006
NHS Supercomputer Hits Soft Spot
As we noted a couple of days ago, the problems at NHS Connecting for Health software supplier iSoft seem to be ballooning. Their 2004 and 2005 accounts have both had to be restated, they've booked pre-payments from the NHS, and their 2006 results are still outstanding. Their questionable software development process is under panicky examination, and now there are calls for a DTI enquiry into directors' share transactions.
The Grauniad today gives us a complete update, including the company's extraordinary attempts at gagging orders.
As we've tediously pointed out many times, fixed price contracts only work if the supplier is capable of actually delivering. We've already seen one high profile contractor go out of business over non-delivery of an unrealistic PFI contract. iSoft is starting to look like it might be next.
And you won't need me to tell you where that would leave the disastrous £20-50bn Supercomputer.
Or the promises of a "fixed price" Olympics.
Posted by Mike D at 1:35 pm