Skip to main content

NHS: Information and Communications Technology

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for his determination that the NHS National programme for IT is not essential; and when his Department was first informed of this evidence. (307059)

The national programme for information technology in the national health service is a key part of delivering modern, safe, joined-up healthcare, without which the NHS could not now function. It is always right to look for efficiencies and value for money on all major projects.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his contribution of 7 December 2009, Official Report, column 21, what estimate he has made of the proposed £500 million efficiency saving for the National programme for IT will be derived from (a) the Local Service Provider Detailed Care Record Service managed by BT for London and the South of England, (b) the Local Service Provider Detailed Care Record Service managed by CSC for the North, Midlands and East of England, (c) Choose and Book, (d) the Electronic Prescription Service, (e) the Summary Care Record, (f) the Additional Supply Capacity and Capability Framework, (g) GP Systems of Choice, (h) GP2GP transfer, (i) HealthSpace and (j) the interoperability toolkit. (307208)

These decisions remain to be taken. They will depend partly on the outcome of discussions with suppliers about the potential for reductions to the scope of the systems. We will also look carefully at the savings that can be made from the costs of managing delivery of the programme.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the National programme for IT in the NHS: Project Progress Report of 16 May 2008, how much of the National programme for IT £3.6 billion budget for local costs has been spent in each local service provider region; and whether he plans to amend the budget for the programme in the next 12 months. (307277)

Expenditure information is not available in the form requested. The figure of £3,586 million for local costs is an estimate that was made by the National Audit Office (NAO) in their report The National programme for IT in the NHS : Progress since 2006'. The NAO did not provide an estimate of the costs incurred by individual local service providers.