NHS: Information and Communications Technology

Health written question – answered on 11th November 2009.

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Photo of Richard Bacon Richard Bacon Conservative, South Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected lifetime costs are in respect of each contractor under the national programme for IT in the NHS; and how much each such contractor had been paid on the latest date for which figures are available.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Health Services), Department of Health

Relevant information is contained in the following table.

National programme for IT by key elements: Projected lifetime costs and expenditure to 31 March 2009
£ million
Core c ontracts Projected lifetime costs( 1) E xpenditure to 31 March 2009( 1)
London 1,021 326
South 1,104 133
North East 1,035 276
East 930 237
North West and West Midlands 1,042 271
Spine 889 791
N3 Network 554 554
Choose and Book 144 133
Amount retained by Accenture(2) 110 -52

1. Figures in the two columns are not directly comparable. The projected lifetime costs are shown at 2004-05 prices, and final outturn will be higher due to inflation in subsequent years. Those for expenditure to 31 March 2009 are resource outturn figures.

2. In 2006, Accenture made arrangements to voluntarily novate the company's contract to another existing supplier under the programme. Of the £179 million Accenture had received to that point the company retained £110 million for work completed. £52 million represents the value, for accounting purposes, of moneys repaid as at 31 March 2009.

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