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NHS IT Systems

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the investigation into the NHS IT failure in which systems at hospitals in the West Midlands and North West crashed in July 2006 is expected to report. (96102)

A root cause analysis has been conducted of the circumstances leading to the power outage at the CSC data storage centre on Sunday 30 July 2006. Extensive details of its findings have been published on the NHS Connecting for Health website at:

www.connectingforhealth.nhs.uk/media/data_centre_issue_update4

NHS Connecting for Health is unique in publishing systems outage data on its website. Local systems failures in the NHS are not unusual.

On 31 July NHS Connecting for Health commissioned an independent review of the incident and of CSCs disaster recovery arrangements.

The results of the review will be published in due course.