Budget for NPfIT has not been agreed11th January 2010
The Department of Health has not yet come to an agreement on the budget for the NHS National Programme for IT.
The majority of the £8.14 billion budget will have been spent by the end of March this year (over £6 billion). However, no budget has been agreed for the years following 2009/10.
Some areas of the NPfIT will be delivered so late that they are not expected until 2014/15. The DH and the Treasury are negotiating the £500-600 million of cuts demanded in 2009's pre-Budget report.
In December the Chancellor branded the NHS IT project "expensive" and "not essential for the frontline" which suggested it might face severe cuts or be stopped completely.
Secretary of State for Health Andy Burnham said £600 million would be made in savings from the £12.7 billion NPfIT programme, which he said had spent £4.5 billion at the close of the last NHS financial year.
In response to an enquiry as to how much of the overall budget had gone he said "40-50% has been paid out so far".
Health minister Mike O’Brien gave a written response to a parliamentary question and gave confirmation that talks with the Treasury about NPfIT were continuing.
"As part of the current government-wide drive to find efficiency savings and better value for money on major projects, officials are holding ongoing discussions with the Treasury, and with suppliers, about how these might be generated in relation to the national programme," he said.
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Title: Budget for NPfIT has not been agreed
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 13715
Date Added: 11th Jan 2010