The dismantled National Programme for IT in the NHS: report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

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Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Committee of Public Accounts
Date of publication
18 September 2013
House of Commons papers. Session 2013/14; HC 294
Health Services
Social welfare
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Although the National Programme for IT in the NHS (the National Programme) has been dismantled, it in effect remains in place with separate component programmes which continue to incur significant costs. The Department of Health has been negotiating with CSC for around two years to re-set the contract to provide the Lorenzo care records system to trusts in the North, Midlands and East of England. Its negotiating position is weak. The Department’s statement on the benefits expected from the National Programme showed that most of the benefits are yet to be delivered. There is a risk that some of these benefits may never materialise. Unless the Department acts on the lessons of the failed National Programme it is unlikely to deliver the new vision of a paperless NHS by 2018

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