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NHS: ICT

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations her Department has received on the choose and book system; and if she will make a statement. (122823)

No recent formal representations on the choose and book system have been received.

With the benefit of choose and book, general practitioners and other care staff are able to book initial hospital appointments at a time, date and place which is convenient for their patients. By giving patients choice and placing them in control of their booking, choose and book has been shown to halve the number of did not attends, saving millions of pounds in nursing and clinical time.

97 per cent. of general practices are now able to make electronic bookings. Most bookings are made in under a minute. Currently, over 16,000 bookings are being made every day, and in excess of 2.5 million bookings have been made in total to date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much has been spent on the choose and book IT system in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement; (122824)

(2) how much IT consultants and contractors have received for work undertaken to implement the choose and book IT system in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement.

The choose and book computer system is a core component of the national programme for information technology being delivered by the Department’s NHS Connecting for Health agency. Expenditure on system development, along with ongoing service payments and volume charges, is incurred centrally under a national contract.

Information is not held centrally on payments made by national health service organisations locally to information technology consultants and contractors.