Magazine article Public Finance

NHS IT Plans Delayed until 2015

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS IT Plans Delayed until 2015

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The already delayed NHS Care Records Service, part of an overhaul of the IT system, might not go fully online until after 2015, senior MPs predicted this week.

The Public Accounts Committee gave a damning critique of the implementation of the plans in a report, The National Programme for IT in the NHS: progress since 2006, published on January 27.

The failed negotiations between the NHS and one of the four initial suppliers, Fujitsu, over finance and commercial aspects, have put the already postponed deadline back even further in the South of England.

Trusts in the Midlands, North and eastern England have been forced to use an interim system because of the delays. The estimated cost of the programme is ?12.7bn, including ?3.6bn of local costs, but the final bill remains uncertain, the MPs said.

According to the report, taxpayers will still have to cover the costs to the suppliers even if trusts decide not to use the new systems. It added that they have been deployed by only 133 of the 380 trusts. …

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