NHS: Ict

Health written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of John Redwood John Redwood Conservative, Wokingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated for NHS IT projects since 2005; and how much he expects to allocate in each year until 2010.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to Mr. O'Brien on 7 January 2008, Hansard, columns 123-24W.

National health service organisations have always been responsible for paying for and maintaining their existing information systems, and funding for this is built into general allocations. Information technology expenditure reported by the NHS in the 2005-06 financial year amounted to £1.329 billion, and in 2006-07 to £1.381 billion.

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