Magazine article Public Finance

NHS's IT Guru Sticks Up for His £20Bn Scheme

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS's IT Guru Sticks Up for His £20Bn Scheme

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The architect and leader of the NHS National Programme for IT has defended the £20bn computer scheme on the eve of the publication of an audit report.

In an exclusive interview with Public Finance, Richard Granger, chief executive of NHS Connecting for Health, said the programme was 'roughly to timetable'.

But he said the programme had 'well underspent' on the £2.3bn allocated in the last spending round, blaming suppliers of specialist clinical software for failing to deliver on time. 'We have some problems with lack of capacity in the clinical systems domain.'

NHS trusts have also failed to increase their spending on IT in line with the 2002 Wanless review's recommendations, he said.

The National Audit Office is expected next week to publish a long-delayed report into contracts worth £6. …

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