Rumours abound...9th November 2006
The rumour mill has been quite active lately when it comes to Connecting for Health. Of course, most people will know that the programme has been in trouble, has seen some prime contractors in disarray (most notably iSoft), and has raised concerns about the level of the costs involved.
On a programme of this scale, there are inevitably going to be problems and these are equally bound to be picked up by the media more than the successes, which have themselves been numerous. However, this is different from saying that the programme itself might be scrapped which has certainly been mooted on the grapevine more recently.
For some, yesterday's article in the Telegraph (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/11/08/nit08.xml) won't be a surprise and might also be considered old news. But note that the article refers to the Connecting for Health Agency, not necessarily the programme, and it has, in fact, always been the intention that responsibility for implementation would eventually fall to local organisations.
This kind of story must concern those working in the programme but let's not get carried away just yet. Everything is continuing as normal and this was confirmed earlier today when Connecting for Health issued an internal communication to that effect.
There's no need to panic; "the rug has not been pulled..."
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