Departmental ICT

Health written question – answered on 23rd March 2009.

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Photo of Jennifer Willott Jennifer Willott Shadow Secretary of State, Shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date for each ICT project initiated by his Department and its predecessor that cost more than £1 million was in each year since 2002.

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

The initial estimated costs and delivery dates of the information and communication technology (ICT) projects costing over £1 million that were initiated by the Department's Information Services function since 2002 are as follows:

Name of project Initial estimated delivery date of project Initial estimated cost of project (£ million)
DOTP October 2003 3.165
CSC Transformation March 2004 9.1
Vista April 2004 6.9
UNIFY1 September 2005 2.179
SP2 Upgrade February 2006 0.882
Quarry House LAN March 2006 3.0
Delphi June 2006 2.324
The Club July 2006 1.949
Notes Upgrade September 2006 1.993
UNIFY2 April 2007 2.404
MEDBEN February 2008 0.68
BMS July 2008 10.5
Ref Costs 2008 October 2008 0.875
Delphi 2 January 2009 2.198
UNIFY Enhancement November 2009 2.057
ACCEA December 2009 1.5

The initial estimated costs and delivery dates of the ICT projects costing over £1 million that were undertaken by NHS Choices since 2002 are as follows:

Name of project Initial estimated delivery date of project Initial estimated cost of p roject (£ million)
NHS Choices Technical Build July 2007 3.7

The initial estimated costs and delivery dates of the ICT projects costing over £1 million that were undertaken by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency since 2002 are as follows:

Name of project Initial estimated delivery date of project Initial estimated cost of project (£ million)
Sentinel Pharmacovigilance Casefolders April 2006 1.342
Sentinel Server Upgrade January 2009 3.5
Sentinel Component Software Development June 2009 1.6

The ICT projects undertaken by NHS Connecting for Health are as follows:

Name of project Initial estimated delivery date of project Initial estimated cost of project (£ billion)
National Programme for IT (NPfIT) (1) (2)6.2
(1) NPfIT comprises a number of separate systems and services for which, as a whole, there is no single national completion date. (2 )This is the initial estimated cost of the core contracts. It was included in the estimated cost of the entire programme (£12.453 billion, at 2004-05 prices, including local and other costs) as reported by the National Audit Office in its June 2006 report on NPfIT.

Cost of providing the above information

The cost of obtaining and collating the above information is approx £650. There are ICT elements to some of the business area programmes within the Department (e.g. Influenza Pandemic Preparedness) but the additional cost to obtain and collate this information would be disproportionate and exceed the £750 threshold for answers to parliamentary questions.

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