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NHS: ICT

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether the funds for the extension of the Additional Supply Capability and Capacity Framework to cover NHS trusts in the South of England that are not included in the Local Service Provider contract with BT will be taken from the existing National Programme for IT budget; (282885)

(2) what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on the Additional Supply Capability and Capacity Framework in the next five years;

(3) how much his Department has spent (a) in total, (b) in accrediting systems for and (c) in staffing costs of the Additional Supply Capability and Capacity Framework in each year since its inception;

(4) from which budget funding for the extension of the Additional Supply Capability and Capacity Framework to cover the 52 NHS Trusts in the south of England that are not included in the local service provider contract with BT will be drawn;

(5) what estimate he has made of his Department's expenditure on the Additional Supply Capability and Capacity Framework in each of the next five years;

(6) what his Department's expenditure on the Additional Supply Capability and Capacity Framework has been in each year since its inception; and what the cost of (a) accrediting systems for and (b) staffing the Framework was in each of those years.

Systems deployed under the Additional Supply Capability and Capacity (ASCC) framework in the south of England will be funded as part of the National Programme for IT, within existing resources. Proposals for trusts in the south to use the ASCC will be subject to appropriate approvals being obtained. Part of the process will be to establish the likely overall demand and estimated value of contracts to be awarded. This has not yet been completed.

Financial management information is not kept in a way that enables all the costs of the ASCC to be separately identified within the staffing and other administrative costs of NHS Connecting for Health, which is responsible, within the Department, for the National Programme for IT. However, suppliers' systems are not “accredited” as a part of the ASCC procurement. The purpose of the procurement is to create a framework of suppliers with demonstrated capacity and capability in various specialisms. Subsequently, on identification of a business need, each trust will specify its particular requirements to suppliers in the most appropriate service category. It will be for suppliers to demonstrate how they can meet this need against the procurement's specific evaluation criteria.