The Tony Collins Blog

Tony Collins is an investigative journalist, author and blogger. Until April 2010 he was Executive Editor of Computer Weekly. He is the holder of 26 awards for journalism and has reported since the 1980s on what can be learned from failed projects. Several Parliamentary committees have questioned him and quoted him in their reports.

  • An NPfIT, BT and Cerner go-live success?

    BT and Cerner have praised the go-live of the Millennium patient records system at Croydon Health Services NHS Trust as "one most efficient roll-outs of the system they have worked on," according to the trust's chief executive John Goulston. The...

  • Has two decades of outsourcing cut costs at HMRC?

    If HMRC’s experience is anything to go by, outsourcing can, in the long-term, at least triple an organisation’s IT costs. When Inland Revenue contracted out its 2,000-strong IT department to EDS, now HP, in 1994 it was the first...

  • Did officials exaggerate death of the NPfIT?

    In 2011 the Department of Health made a major announcement that implied the NHS IT programme, the NPfIT, was dead when it wasn’t. The DH's press release announced an "acceleration of the dismantling of the National Programme for IT,...

  • HMRC's IT spend reached a record in 2011/12

    In March this year the Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced that his officials and Capgemini have agreed savings of more than £200m on the "Aspire" contract with HM Revenue and Customs. English: Francis Maude MP, Minister for the...

  • IBM in dispute with South West One partners

    IBM has revealed that it is in dispute with three public authorities that comprise its joint venture South West One. The partners in South West One are IBM, Somerset County Council, Taunton Deane Borough Council and Avon and Somerset Police...

  • Will CSC negotiate a new NPfIT deal?

    CSC has told investors that its discussions with the UK government on an interim agreement for deploying Lorenzo to the NHS are “continuing positively”.CSC says that an agreement could commit a certain number of NHS trusts to take...

  • Should this Trust be planning an IT switch to Cerner now?

    NHS executives at PCTs in London are asking how it was possible for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to lose track of hundreds of patients who were referred for urgent appointments with specialists to discuss possible cancer. The...

  • Why is DH paying to keep Healthspace project alive?

    HealthSpace, a Department of Health system for patients to keep information about their health, is to close “from” March 2013.There is evidence that the system has been failing for years, at least since a report commissioned by...

  • Ian Watmore's departure - a personal view

    Ian Watmore, who leaves the civil service next month, has his critics, David Moss among them. For me Watmore's time in the civil service has been marked by openness, honesty and a lack of ego. Many times he has been before Parliamentary...

  • Lessons from IT-related project failures - Logica's CE

    Evan Davis and three business leaders have discussed on BBC R4's The Bottom Line the failure of IT-related projects, particularly the NHS IT scheme NPfIT.The BBC programme was entitled "Cock-ups and Conspiracies" and had  as one of the...

  • CSC to cut £1bn from its NHS contracts? Not yet ...

    The Times reports that CSC is to cut at least £1bn from its NHS IT contracts. E-Health Insider reports that the Department of Health has secured savings of £1bn from CSC.  But nothing is certain yet.CSC announced in a filing to the...

  • NHS IT scheme still soaking up billions says The Times

    A headline at the top of front page of The Times today says:Exclusive - NHS computer fiasco still costing billionsThe Times continues with three inside pages (6-8) on how CSC is banking on getting £2bn for its failed system, why the NPfIT was...

  • Does hospital IT need airline-style certification?

    Earlier this month the pilots of a Boeing 787 “Dreamliner” carrying 249 passengers aborted a landing at Okayama airport in Japan when the wheels failed to deploy automatically. The pilots circled and deployed the landing gear...

  • Free Microsoft upgrade when you threaten open source?

    Qamar Yunus, assistant director in the Cabinet Office ICT policy team, says that Microsoft provided its software for free when a government department decided to pilot open source LibreOffice as an alternative to upgrading its Microsoft software.Y...

  • Friends lament departure of Deputy Govt CIO

    Friends of Bill McCluggage, the departing Deputy government CIO, have praised his work as an advocate for change, and his courage in telling it like it is, despite the Cabinet Office's restrictive communications policy. He is said by friends...

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