Please forward this error screen to 77. Please forward this error screen to 164. Agency was part of the UK Department of Health and was formed on 1 April 2005, having replaced the former NHS Information Authority. NHS Connecting for Health ceased to exist on 31 March 2013, and some projects and responsibilities were taken over by Health and Csc technology Care Information Centre.
Contracts for the NPfIT Spine and five Clusters were awarded in December 2003 and January 2004. NPfIT is said by NHS CFH to be “the world’s biggest civil information technology programme”. The cost of the programme, together with its ongoing problems of management and the withdrawal or sacking of two of the four IT providers, have placed it at the centre of ongoing controversy, and the Commons Public Accounts Committee has repeatedly expressed serious concerns over its scope, planning, budgeting, and practical value to patients. A report by the King’s Fund in 2007 also criticised the government’s “apparent reluctance to audit and evaluate the programme”, questioning their failure to develop an ICT strategy whose benefits are likely to outweigh costs and the poor evidence base for key technologies. 4bn over 10 years, and the NAO also noted that “it was not demonstrated that the financial value of the benefits exceeds the cost of the Programme”. In April 2007, the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Commons issued a damning 175-page report on the programme.