CSC insists it’s on the right track

Friday August 12th, 2011

According to media reports CSC has insisted its work on the Department of Health National Programme for IT (NPfIT) is going ‘very well’, two weeks after ministers were advised by a powerful committee to consider scrapping the programme.

The Public Accounts Committee advised health and Cabinet Office ministers to seriously reconsider the programme, and said it was so disappointed with CSC’s work that it was possible the supplier was no longer fit for any government work.

But CSC for the first time gave a reserved outlook as to whether it would receive a new Memorandum of Understanding with the NHS on its £3bn contract, following an ongoing review of the programme within the Cabinet Office. It is meeting government officials next month.

In previous quarterly financial presentations to investors, CSC had instead insisted that it was ‘on track’ to sign an MoU. But since then the Cabinet Office has effectively taken control of the programme, by appointing Katie Davis, an executive director at the Efficiency and Reform Group, as interim health chief information officer.

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