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[News] Microsoft-NHS Fiasco Leads to Criminal Charges

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft-NHS Fiasco Leads to Criminal Charges
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2010 23:52:51 +0000
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FSA charges four ex-directors of NHS software supplier

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| The Financial Services Authority has confirmed 
| that it is starting criminal proceedings 
| against four former directors of iSoft Group 
| plc - the major provider of patient records 
| software for the NHS's National Programme for 
| IT.
| [...]
| It said at that time that commercial director 
| Steve Graham, and another employee, had been 
| put on special leave following a company 
| investigation into accounting irregularities 
| in 2004 and 2005.
| iSoft shares collapsed in the wake of that 
| news and in September 2006 it emerged that the 
| Department of Health had bailed out the 
| struggling software firm with Â82m of 
| taxpayers' cash.



NHS spend on IT - How would you make savings?

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| Here's another thought. If you were to put a
| Linux-based operating system on the 800,000
| or so workstations now in the NHS and some
| FOSS productivity software such as
| OpenOffice, which incidentally will interface
| with more professional database server
| systems than many proprietary packages, how
| much would that cost (other than the man-
| hours for the installs)? Zilch. Zippo. FA.
| What if the NHS were to donate 1 GBP for each
| machine to the Linux distribution developers
| of their chosen O/S, and 1 GBP towards each
| OpenOffice installation? That would cost
| Â1,600,000 or less than a third of one
| percent of the existing discounted Microsoft
| licensing. That relatively small donation
| would also ensure some future development of
| features needed by NHS staff in their chosen
| software.


Troubled Â12bn NHS IT system to be scaled back

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| The government is to scale back its Â12bn NHS
| IT system in what the Tories are calling a
| "massive U-turn".
| Chancellor Alistair Darling said he would be
| delaying parts of the scheme in Wednesday's
| pre-Budget Report as it was "not essential to
| the frontline".

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