My husband’s business partner, an IT whizz, was offered a consultancy on the NHS project as soon as it began in 2002. It’s a painful memory: “I was getting £2,000 a day. After four weeks, I resigned.” Wait, wait, wait: £2,000 a day is £400,000 a year for a 40-week year. “I resigned because it was never going to work. You could see from Day One it was never going to work. In the room I was working in, there were about 25 consultants, all working a four-hour day. Nobody in the room had any medical knowledge or experience. There wasn’t one person who had any professional understanding of what the system was meant to do.
“One of the reasons it wasn’t going to work was that it was text-only. I was taking my daughter to the dentist a lot at the time. He would take X-ray pictures of her teeth and jaw, and put them on his screen, then he’d build up a 3D picture.”
Some of you will know far more about this than I do.
Are they actually serious, that this system was always going to be text only?