Only a fifth of PCTs implement IT improvements

Only a fifth of PCTs have implemented IT from the national programme, after three years and £2.4 billion of investment.

The government has published its ‘Benefits Statement' after the National Audit Office (NAO) requested a progress report.

Dr Steven Millar, medical director for the Choose and Book programme and a GP, said the scheme was only ‘halfway to where we wanted to be at this stage,' and added that GPs were being put off by pressure from PCTs. 

Health minister Ben Bradshaw welcomed the report, saying that NHS IT systems were becoming the ‘envy of the world.'

The report estimates that since its introduction, the National Programme for IT has delivered a total of £208 million of NHS savings. Its estimated final cost is £12.4 billion.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

NHS Connecting For Health

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