Health: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th February 2019.

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Photo of Luciana Berger Luciana Berger Independent, Liverpool, Wavertree

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to page 14 of the National Audit Report entitled Investigation into the management of health screening, published 30 January 2019, for what reasons the project to replace the National Health Application and Infrastructure Services is 22 months behind schedule.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The priority for NHS England has been to ensure that Capita provide a service that is stable and delivering safely for patients before the change takes place. Early service delivery issues in Primary Care Services England together with recent screening incidents have been the priority to ensure patient safety. The change required to remove the use of National Health Application and Infrastructure Services (NHAIS) is complex due to the aged architecture and local variations in how data is stored on each individual NHAIS database and the sensitivity of that information.

In the meantime, NHS England has asked Sir Mike Richards to lead a review to improve the delivery of adult screening programmes, and will consider how current IT systems support the ambitions of the programmes.

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