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Review of Department of Health: National Programme for IT

This publication was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The review by the Cabinet Office's Major Projects Authority (MPA) on the NHS National Programme for IT.

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The review by the Cabinet Office’s Major Projects Authority (MPA) on the NHS National Programme for IT. The programme was created in 2002 under the last government and the MPA has concluded that it is not fit to provide the modern IT services that the NHS needs.

In May 2011 the Prime Minister announced in the House of Commons that the MPA would be reviewing the NHS National Programme for IT.

The MPA found that there have been substantial achievements which are now firmly established, such as the Spine, N3 Network, NHSmail, Choose and Book, Secondary Uses Service and Picture Archiving and Communications Service.  Their delivery accounts for around two thirds of the £6.4bn money spent so far and they will continue to provide vital support to the NHS. However, the review reported the National Programme for IT has not and cannot deliver to its original intent.