Reviews of the National Programme for IT have been made available under the freedom of information act:
In response to a FOI request it has received, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has agreed to disclose its Gateway reviews of the National Programme for IT.
These relate to issues which were examined through the Gateway Process at key decision points in order to provide assurance that they should progress to the next stage.
The purpose of Gateway reviews is to challenge assumptions and explore any perceived weaknesses. They are expected to be critical of certain aspects.
This is part of best government practice and has meant that the NPfIT has been able to assess which activities needed to change and which issues should be addressed.
The reviews cover a period between 2002 and 2007. Given that the material is older than two years, it has been possible to make public almost all of the content, with the exception of certain personal information covered by the exemption at Section 40 of the Act. The Department of Health has agreed that the reviews should be made public via the NHS Connecting for Health website.