NHS Data Programme in Deeper Trouble

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The NHS National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is the largest data programme ever undertaken anywhere in the world and ran into major problems from the start.

The objective was to create a single system that would hold the medical records of every British citizen and make them available to a very large number of Government and non-Government organizations as part of the Blair Brown regime Great Index project that includes the National Identity Card Scheme to produce internal and external passports and track every citizen.

NPfIT and the associated projects immediately attracted objections from civil liberty groups.

NPfIT attracted objections from medical professionals who voiced serious concerns about the likely reliability and the basic clinical necessity for such a system.

Each milestone has run into serious problems and delays with costs rising rapidly.

The project has suffered further reductions of remaining credibility after a series of massive data losses from Government data systems that has exposed a serious lack of even the most basic security to protect personal data.

Now the NPfIT may have run into a fatal problem. The board of an NHS Trust has learned of a “significant” risk of Fujitsu ending its BG£900 million contract to supply and implement systems.

If Fujitsu pulls out, at best, very considerable delays and cost escalation will result. At worst, the NHS may not find a suitable replacement contractor and doctors may resist even more strongly the scheme.

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