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Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which trusts have chosen to procure and implement an IT system different from the one selected for them by their local service provider; and what costs each has incurred in that process, broken down by cost category; (254157)

(2) what his Department’s policy is on trusts which choose to implement IT systems not provided by the local service provider for their region.

The Department’s Health Informatics Review report, published in July 2008 was in support of the Next Stage Review. A copy has been placed in the Library. It confirmed the national health service’s continuing commitment to, and belief in, the strategic information services being developed and provided by local service providers. However, it recognised and supported the wish on the part of certain trusts to realise benefits earlier by implementing interim initiatives where there is a business case to do so. Such initiatives should support the aim of enabling patient information to be available across different IT systems, different care providers and different care settings ahead of the delivery of strategic systems.

Agreement on software requirements and system deployment plans became a responsibility of local NHS trusts from April 2007 to provide greater local ownership of the planning and deployment process. Comprehensive information of the kind requested is therefore not collected centrally.