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NHS would be better off without IT upgrade (20 August 2006)
The Observer newspaper today carries a report that it has seen a leaked document written and sent from the computer of David Kwo (who last year resigned from his post as the NHS CfH regional implementation director for London) saying: "The conclusion here is that the NHS would most likely have been better off without the national programme, in terms of what is likely to be delivered and when. The national programme has not advanced the NHS IT implementation trajectory at all; in fact, it has put it back from where it was going."

Richard Bacon, the Conservative MP, who first saw the document, says on his website: "The last few months have seen a succession of disasters for the NHS National Programme for IT. The list of failures and delays grows ever longer. Two and a half years in, the programme is two years late.
"Now it seems that some of the most senior officials in the NHS know perfectly well that the programme will never work properly - indeed that many hospitals would now be better off if they had never taken part in the scheme in the first place.
"This scheme was the personal brainchild of the Prime Minister and he must now act at once to bring this failed experiment to a speedy end." 

The NHS would not comment on the leaked document and the CfH office issued a statement saying that: "NHS Connecting for Health is much needed, delivering computer systems and services that will ultimately improve the safety and efficiency of patient care. We believe we are making strong steps forward that will bring about benefits for patients and the NHS alike."