PAC Lashes Out at Sir David Nicholson for Gross Failure of NPfIT

PAC Lashes Out at Sir David Nicholson for Gross Failure of NPfITIt seems that the multi-billion pound National Programme for IT (NPfIT) project has brought its senior responsible officer (SRO), Sir David Nicholson under scanner. The failure of the IT initiative taken in 2002, for overhauling management of comprehensive medical records in the NHS, a clan of astute critics has launched a scathing attack on Sir David Nicholson for bringing the system to such a crucial juncture.

Following the revelation about mismanagement of allocated funds for the project, the MPs of the public accounts committee (PAC), has questioned the strategy followed by the members of NPfIT, cumulating into a gross disaster with cost escalating to £11.4 billion, beyond the estimated £2.4 billion.

Moreover, Margaret Hodge, Chairman of the PAC, has been pondering over the proposal made by the Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), under which CSC has offered to curtail the cost of the project by £264m in lieu of reducing the number of NHS trusts, receiving new systems, by 140 and further, to extend the deadline of the project.

Even a report released by National Audit Office (NAO) last week, has raised its doubts over the viability of the completion of the project within the stipulated time period. However, the Cabinet Office has refused the tabled proposal of CSC saying that it would annex the total cost by almost double, on every single NHS trust, against the original signed agreement with the CSC.