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OGC Gateway Reviews published

23rd June 2009

Recently published Office of Government Commerce Gateway Reviews reveal that the government was told on many occasions that important parts of the National Programme for IT in the NHS were facing serious problems.

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The information shows that parts of the £12.7 billion project were in trouble by the time it had reached the planning and implementation stages.

The local service provider contracts - responsible for delivering electronic patient record systems - were said to be "facing significant and persistent challenges".

The records, now provided by BT and CSC after the departure of Accenture and Fujitsu, are four years behind schedule.

A review of the business case in 2002 said the timescales set out by the project would be "impossible to complete".

The 2005 Gateway 4 ‘readiness for service’ review stated: "In overall terms, delivery of CRS has been a major disappointment so far, due in the main to poor supplier performance, although satisfactory progress has been made on the other elements of the overall NHS Connecting for Health programme."

The Department of Health decided to release information about the 2001-2005 OGC Gateway reviews at the same time as detailed information about MP expenses was released.

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