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NHS: ICT

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS benefits and pensions sub-departments spent on information technology in the last three financial years; how much of this was spent on (a) software development and testing and (b) application including (i) staff training, (ii) the cost of new hardware and software and (iii) the cost of launching into the live environment. (311383)

NHS Pensions, a division of the Business Services Authority, administers the NHS Pension Scheme on behalf of the Department. They are unable to breakdown the costs of launching into the live environment because these costs are not broken down to this level within their accounts. These particular costs are therefore included in the overall development and testing costs in section 1 of the following table:

NHS Pensions

£

2007-08

2008-09

2009-101

Total

1. Software development and testing

56,508

3,479,307

11,828,878

15,364,694

2. Staff training

7,240

1,266

17,310

25,816

3. Cost of new hardware and software

19,921

187,057

206,978

Total

63,748

3,500,494

12,033,245

15,597,487

1 April to December.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS IT projects have been outsourced to companies based overseas in the last three years; and what the monetary value is of each such contract. (311384)

Within the national programme for information technology (IT), no discrete system or service projects have been outsourced to companies based overseas during the period. Comprehensive information is not held centrally about local IT procurements by national health service organisations outside of the national programme, and could be obtained only at disproportionate expense.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has allocated for the (a) procurement, (b) maintenance, (c) compliance testing and (d) security of IT systems in 2010-11. (311385)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.