we had said that the £3.2 million cost of the procurement had been split two-thirds to the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and one-third to the PCT. In fact the SHA’s contribution to the cost was only £1m. This still throws no light on how the [heavily overspent] PCT could find £2+ million for the purchase and ongoing costs, or why the deal was structured as a one-off purchase instead of planning a series of incremental purchases in the wake of a successful rollout.
In addition, in the accompanying email, the PCT’s spokesperson said: “I’d like to make clear that although David [Cockayne] was leading the Telehealth project, the decision to award the contract to Tunstall was made by the Board of NHS North Yorkshire and York, on which David was a non-voting member. David was not present at the Board when the decision was made.”