Rising costs for failed NPfIT “fiasco”

Rising costs for failed NPfIT “fiasco”

A recent report has found that taxpayers are still facing rising costs for the failed National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS.

The report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) states that the final costs for the scheme are still undecided. Original figures placed it at £6.4billion, later raised to £9.8 billion, but this latest estimate does not include a price for terminating a contract with Fujitsu to provide care records systems and other future costs.

The PAC has now labelled the NPfIT "worst and most expensive contracting fiascos" in public sector history.

Despite poor performances from contractors, a government decision has been taken to renegotiate £3.1 billion worth of contracts with outsourcing company CSC.

Furthermore, ongoing issues with IT systems for benefits payments - another large scale project - are thought to indicate that the government has not learned any lessons from the failed project.

Committee member Richard Bacon said: "The taxpayer is continuing to pay the price for the ill-fated national programme for IT in the NHS. Although officially dismantled (it) continues in the form of separate component programmes which are still racking up big costs."

Original Source BBC News

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