Sunday, June 04, 2006

Just imagine what the NHS could do with £20bn

Nick Cohen thinks he knows why NHS National Programme for IT costs have trebled to £20bn:

New Labour is a creature of the 1990s that allowed itself to be overawed by the private sector without ever understanding how the private sector makes its money. Private management consultants make theirs by billing for as many hours as possible. If their clients are dumb enough to let them get away with it, they will inevitably suggest creating a new and complicated IT system from scratch rather than adapting tried-and-tested technology. Complicated and error-prone technology may not help doctors but it is a marvellous method for generating billable hours for consultants.

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