"Many elements of the National Programme for IT are advancing and some are complete."
So lots of them are going backwards and most are incomplete.
"The Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead is still suffering glitches since.."
glitches = fuck ups by the software blacksmith - send it back and get him to hammer it some more.
@Loads of systems
"People who aren't involved in the project don't have a clue of what these systems are and what they are used for. If this project was scrapped then PCTs would not get paid, 18 week wait targets wouldn't be analysed etc..."
Yeees. So this is all about creating a giant billing system to facilitate integration of american multinationals (with labour politicians on their boards) into the NHS, whilst allowing the govt to play at silly buggers with targets. There are those who (still!) think it's about patient care - glad we've cleared that up.
One of the things this system is doing that people don't have a clue about is that it is illegally pumping peoples hospital records to a private company. (waves at Dr Foster)
So, it's nice for you on the gravy train, but I'm not sure you'll get too much sympathy from the general public.
"“It is a little bit too early to pronounce the programme dead.”
“..to say everyone is walking away from it is a bit premature, probably”"
It'll be dead soon, and then people will walk away from it.
The good news: only ID cards and contact point to go, modulo storing all electronic communications.