- Conundrum: Why every government gets things wrong and what we can do about it
by Richard Bacon MP and Christopher Hope
- The Blunders of Our Governments
by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe
- The Passing of Parliament
by GW Keeton
Here's one reason.
The UK National Health Service (NHS) used to boast the biggest computer project in the world. That was their National Programme for IT (NPfIT), a project started in 2002.
In September 2011 the coalition government decided to cancel (or "dismantle") NPfIT, see for example Labour fury as £12bn NHS IT project ditched. By that stage NPfIT had cost £6.4 billion and the expectation of any commensurate benefits had evaporated.
Two years later what do the National Audit Office (NAO) tell us about this cancelled/dismantled failure?
The full cost of the National Programme is still not certain. The Department's most recent statement reported a total forecast cost of £9.8 billion. However, this figure did not include ...