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Saturday, October 16, 2004

NHSu & Wells review

Today I sent (fax because he doesn't have an email!) the following message to Dan Norris my local MP

Dear Dan Norris,

Following the recent outburst in the press etc earlier this week about the actual costs of implementation of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT) in the NHS, I am surprised that no one seems to have picked up on the "Wells report" on the NHSU.

This was part of the Dept of Health "Arms Length Bodies" review and follows the problems with UKeU. For more information see:

I understand that 7 copies of the report (individually numbered and strictly controlled) have been printed and sent to ministers, but that no comment has yet been made.

In these times of "freedom of Information" etc I wonder if a question could be put to John Reid/John Hutton asking when this report will be published / put in the House of Commons library etc? or would this be more appropriate to the national audit office?

I suspect it will say that the £50 million approx. of taxpayers money, which has been spent over the last 2 years has bought "nothing but a bad reputation", and that the remit and activities of the NHSU should be scalled back or stopped completely, and that the money would be better spent with Stragic Health Authorities Workforce Development Consortia (WDCs), and that the secrecy and confusion around the operation of the NHSU was not a good way to operate.

Can you question the appropriate individuals/bodies?

Rod Ward


  • I've now received a response from my MP which includes a letter fro John Hutton, which says that the report will be published on the DoH website "shortly". I wonder how long that will be?

    By Rod, at 7:08 PM  

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