Wednesday, November 15, 2006
NHS Supercomputer - Panic At The Top
We've blogged the disastrous NHS supercomputer so often, it hurts (start here). And by now we all know the grisly numbers- £6bn originally declared, now officially £12bn (except for Health Minister Lord Warner who blurted out £20 bn), and anything up to £50bn actually predicted by industry insiders.
Add to that the NAO enquiry, the heated PAC probe, and the fact that key suppliers are baling out and/or going bust (see here for an excellent update- htp Mad Rad), we can't say we're surprised that senior management has finally lunged for the panic button. The new CEO of the NHS has reportedly intitiated a "confidential review" of the whole shebang:
"Those involved indicate that this is a review that dare not speak its name. "Connecting for Health are insisting this is not a 'review', and is nothing to do with the past but all about the future," explained one senior industry source.
One CfH source stressed that the review was not being undertaken by CfH but by the Department of Health: "It’s a review that's being done to us".
Are we watching the start of the final act?
Taxpayers should certainly hope so. And they should also pray it's a short one.
PS The average tenure of a Health Secretary is two years, so this could mean an early blanket bath for the Commissar. In reality of course, the Supercomputer was yet another eye-catching initiative ordered by the Beloved Leader himself. At a No 10 summit in February 2002.
Posted by Mike D at 7:24 pm