NAO to re-examine NHS upgrade

NAO to re-examine NHS upgrade

Audit watchdog to take second look

The National Audit Office is to re-examine the NHS’s £6.2bn nationwide
computer overhaul, just two months since giving it a clean bill of health.

In June, the NAO released a 63-page report, which praised the progress made
with the upgrade of the NHS’s National Programme for IT.

Since then two of the NHS’s lead contractors – Accenture and CSC – have
voiced serious concerns about next-generation software being developed by
struggling software group iSoft.

At the same time, the Financial Services Authority is currently investigating
iSoft over concerns about past accounting practices.

The decision to re-examine the upgrade was revealed in Computer
Weekly
magazine and is believed to be the result of revelations about how
the wording and emphasis in the June report had been watered down from early
drafts.

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