Richard Bacon MP, member of the Committee of Public Accounts, today said:
“The taxpayer is continuing to pay the price for the ill-fated National Programme for IT in the NHS.
“Although officially ‘dismantled’, the National Programme continues in the form of separate component programmes which are still racking up big costs.
“The original contracts with CSC totalled £3.1 billion for the setting up of the Lorenzo care records system in trusts in the North, Midlands and East. Despite the contractor’s weak performance, the Department of Health is itself in a weak position in its attempts to renegotiate the contracts. It couldn’t meet the contractual obligation to make enough trusts available to take the system.
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