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Patient Choice Schemes: Costs

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Choose and Book IT project has cost to date. (200105)

Choose and Book is one of the new, linked, IT systems and services which are being delivered by NHS Connecting for Health to help modernise the NHS and to ensure that patients have a clear choice of time, date and place when booking into first outpatient appointments.

Total payments to date relating to the development, delivery and maintenance of the Choose and Book IT system total £98.9 million. This includes £45.1 million for the development and deployment of the core system by the supplier under the original core contract worth £64.5 million over five years. It also includes a further £53.8 million for approved additional services and functionality identified in the contract, the costs of which are within the budget for the original Choose and Book business case.