NHS IT Programme

Health written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of James Duddridge James Duddridge Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of progress on the NHS IT programme.

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

The NHS IT programme is bringing benefits to doctors, nurses and, most importantly, to patients. The new NHS broadband network, digital imaging systems, choose and book and central databases are all in place.

All acute trusts and over 90 per cent. of primary care trusts in England, and all GPs, are using systems delivered as part of the National Programme. The NHS could not now function without the systems and services the programme has already delivered.

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