Tories: NHS project ‘in doubt’

The Conservative Party has questioned the future of the multi-billion pound
NHS IT programme following the decision by consultants Accenture to pull out and
called for a ‘full zero based review of the programme’ by the National Audit

Shadow health minister Stephen O’Brien said the decision by Accenture posed
‘embarrassing questions for Patricia Hewitt about the future of the NHS IT

‘If Accenture are willing to cut their losses, that seriously undermines
confidence in the whole programme, he said.

He also slammed the government’s for its ‘failure to ensure that its
Connecting for Health programme consulted widely enough and fully engaged users
in the design and implementation’ and questioned if CSC had the capacity to take
over the project.

O’Brien said the spotlight was now back on troubled software developer iSoft,
Accenture’s sub-contractor, which is already under investigation by the FSA over
its accounting policies.

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