Crash | 30.10.2004 00:44
Yet the corporate media showed only a little more interest - when subsequently it was confirmed that the Department of Health were indeed expecting a bill of £35-£40 billion.
And you thought Windows XP was a rip off? This sounds like serious cash for a bit of software, and indeed it is. Taking the lower estimate of £35 billion over the next ten years makes £3.5 billion a year. Or £10 million a day. Perhaps you prefer to be billed £400 grand an hour (maybe a hundred quid a second makes it easier to bear).
Now I know some high-flyers in IT, such as senior project managers, and they are charged out at around £200 per hour. So, doing our sums, we're talking about roughly 2,000 senior IT managers working continuously 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for ten years.
Sound like a dodgy deal for a few DOS batch files? It probably is. Just like the West Coast mainline upgrade, which might end up costing £8 billion. But is £40 billion going missing one of those things we furrow our collective brows over, or one of the greatest uninvestigated public spending scandals in history?