IT Project to be scrapped

Published on Thursday, 22 September 2011 09:19
Posted by Scott Buckler

The board running an £11bn IT project for the NHS is to be scrapped, allowing hospitals to choose their own computer systems, the government is to announce

A review of the National Programme for IT has decided there is no confidence its plans will be delivered.A government source said elements of the programme would remain but ministers would take direct control.

The scheme, set up in 2002, aimed to link all parts of the NHS in England, but became known for delay and expense.Ministers reconfigured the scheme last year, but after a fresh review has decided to let hospitals choose their own systems rather than relying on a nationally imposed programme.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley will say: "Labour's IT programme let down the NHS and wasted taxpayers' money by imposing a top-down IT system on the local NHS, which didn't fit their needs.

"We will be moving to an innovative new system driven by local decision-making."This is the only way to make sure we get value for money from IT systems that better meet the needs of a modernised NHS."


Source: BBC News

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