NHS IT programme change9th November 2006
Connecting for Health looks set to become an executive agency next year.
The Department of Health agency is responsible for the NHS IT programme now worth an estimated £20 billion.
The Government has said it will reclassify Connecting for Health as an agency, from April. This will be reviewed after five years.
The programme has been dogged by problems and negative publicity, not least over its increasing cost, now more than £7bn more than the original price tag.
But the Department of Health says this does not signal the end of NHS Connecting for Health, merely a continuation of a planned policy.
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