The Register reports: The shambolic nationwide NHS patient record computer system, abandoned by Whitehall in 2011, will ultimately cost UK taxpayers a staggering £10.1bn.
It also goes on to report that Last year, CSC and the UK government finally reached a truce over the company's central patient database cock-up with both sides agreeing to a more flexible contract until 2016 and to shelve any potential litigation.
To drive home the point in June of this year it was reported by eHealth Insider that after nearly ten years of work;
Ninety-eight per cent of the estimated benefits of several high-profile National Programme for IT in the NHS programmes are yet to be realised, according to the National Audit Office.That is to say the tax payer has over the years paid out billions for a non-functioning solution while CSC has booked large profits from them.
No wonder ANYTHING BUT CSC seems to be the UK public sector mantra as local health groups commission new and replacement services from other companies. See these three as examples: (copyright eHealth Insider)
Coventry and Warwickshire invest in VNA
Six Surrey clinical commissioning groups are deploying a managed telehealth service, commissioned by Surrey County Council.
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is taking a ‘big bang’ approach to its Epic electronic patient record implementation, on a scale rarely seen in the NHS.