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NHS IT Programme

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 16 May 2006, on the NHS IT programme, what estimate she has made of total expenditure by NHS trusts on the programme to date. (75251)

Total information management and technology (IM&T) expenditure reported by the national health service in the last year for which figures are available (2004-05) amounted to about £1.2 billion. As well as supporting local implementation of the national programme for information technology (IT), NHS spending covers IT requirements such as staff management and finance systems. However, figures for expenditure on implementing the national programme, separate from the totality of NHS spending on IM&T, are not collected centrally.