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 (a) outturn cost and (b) completion date of 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 outturn costs and completion dates of information and communication technology projects (ICT) costing over £1 million that were initiated by the Department's Information Services function since 2002 are as follows:

Name of project Outturn cost of project (£ million) Completion date of project
DOTP 3.328 March 2004
CSC Transformation 12.7 December 2004
Vista 6.9 April 2004
UNIFY1 1.989 September 2005
SP2 Upgrade 1.065 March 2007
Quarry House LAN 2.738 June 2007
Delphi 2.261 June 2006
The Club 1.7 March 2007
Notes Upgrade 2.141 August 2008
UNIFY2 2.580 May 2007
MEDBEN 1.093 October 2008
BMS 10.5 July 2008
Ref Costs 2008 1.235 December 2008
Delphi 2 Ongoing Not yet completed
UNIFY Enhancement Ongoing Not yet completed
ACCEA Ongoing Not yet completed

The outturn costs and completion 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 cost of project ( £ million) Initial estimated delivery date of project
NHS Choices Technical Build 4.28 July 2007

The outturn costs and completion 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 Outturn cost of project (£ million) Completion date of project
Sentinel Pharmacovigilance Casefolders 1.587 May 2006
Sentinel Server Upgrade 3.5 January 2009
Sentinel Component Software Development Ongoing Not yet completed

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

Name of project Outturn cost of project (£ billion) Completion date of project
National Programme for IT (NPfIT) 6.8(1) (2)
(1 )The original estimated core contracts cost of £6.2 billion is unchanged. The revised figure of £6.8 billion includes additional functionality. This is included in the cost of the entire programme (£12.656 billion at 2004-05 prices, including local and other costs) as reported by the National Audit Office in its May 2008 report on NPfIT.

(2 )NPfIT comprises a number of separate systems and services for which, as a whole, there is no single completion date.

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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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