The scheme, intended to reform and measure the way PCTs commission services, is effectively moribund as PCTs prepare to hand over their commissioning duties to GP consortia.
During a debate at the NHS Confederation conference in Liverpool, Professor David Cox, chairman of South Birmingham PCT, asked if managers could now 'write an obituary for World Class Commissioning'.
'I wonder what was the cost, in terms of air fares, consultancies and everything else, of WCC?' he said.
Mr Edwards said the scheme's cost had 'gone in excess of £250 million' and the work was now likely to be forgotten.
The DoH's former director of commissioning, Gary Belfield, left the position in May less than a year after his predecessor, WCC architect Mark Britnell, quit to join consultants KPMG.