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Departmental ICT

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 78W, on departmental ICT, what the (a) expected completion date and (b) estimated cost of each of the projects listed was at their outset. (242166)

The projects listed in my previous answer were those over £100,000 currently being undertaken by the Department, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA). The original expected completion date and estimated cost details are listed as follows:

Name of organisation

Name of project

Total estimated cost of project at outset (£000)

Estimated delivery date of project at outset

Department of Health

Ref Costs 2008

875

December 2008

Department of Health

MEDS Improvements

240

December 2008

Department of Health

MEDBEN

680

February 2008

Department of Health

Learning Management System

684

May 2009

Department of Health

Contact

519

March 2009

Department of Health

ACCEA

1,203

July 2009

Department of Health

CAS

578

September 2008

Department of Health

Delphi 2

2,198

January 2009

Department of Health

Business Intelligence Implementation

967

January 2009

Department of Health

Enterprise Architecture Programme

250

March 2009

Department of Health

Health Protection Informatics Website1

485

n/a

Department of Health

Quickr (Quickplace Upgrade)

188

August 2008

Department of Health

Centralised Security Monitoring

171

April 2008

Department of Health

Citrix Upgrade

154

April 2008

Department of Health

WAN Upgrade

411

April 2009

MHRA

Sentinel Server Upgrade

3,500

January 2009

MHRA

Sentinel Component software development

1,600

June 2009

MHRA

Eudra GMP Linkage

320

January 2009

PASA

Pharmacy Replacement2

150

March 2009

1 The HPI is an IT programme, rather than a single project. It has been set up to provide information and data services to enable the DH to manage the national immunisation programme. It also provides tools to facilitate the management of surveillance information as part of the DH pandemic preparedness measures. The programme was initially established in 2004 to collect flu update data from GPs with a budget of £485,000. The programme has expanded since that point, providing national immunisation data related to a number of vaccinations including influenza, pneumococcal and HPV, as well as surveillance and pandemic preparedness initiatives. Further development and support of the application will be ongoing, to reflect the evolving immunisation and panflu preparedness programmes. The website is being produced and maintained as part of this programme. It does not have a given date.

2 The figure of £150,000 relates to the original scope of the Pharmacy Replacement project. This was subsequently expanded.

Note:

This corrects information given to the hon. Member on 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 78W.

The IT projects undertaken by Connecting for Health are listed as follows.

Name of organisation

Name of project

Total estimated cost of project (£ billion)

Current estimated delivery date of project

NHS Connecting for Health

National Programme for IT (NPfTT)

16.2

2

1 The value of contracts placed in 2003 and 2004 for the core components of the National programme was £6.2 billion over 10 years. Note: costs of the items procured under these contracts have not increased, but there have been increases to the scope and a number of new products have been added. The figure reported in the 3 November reply also included other central and local costs of the programme, for which no comparable figure was available when the core contracts were placed.

2 NPfTT comprises a number of separate systems and services for which, as a whole, there is no single completion date.