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NHS IT Local NHS IT spending set to fall

Research due to be released today reveals that local IT spending in the NHS is likely to decline over the next 18 months,...

Research due to be released today reveals that local IT spending in the NHS is likely to decline over the next 18 months, fuelling fears of a planning blight as the government focuses on its national strategy to overhaul health service IT.

Despite the £2.3bn national IT programme, research analyst Kable found that suppliers are reporting a considerable slowing of business as health service organisations await the long-term impact of the Whitehall plans.

Karen Swinden, head of forecasting at Kable, warned that attempts to centralise NHS IT could result in another public sector IT fiasco. "Our research into the UK public sector market shows that imposing IT systems centrally on consistently changing structures is a recipe for disaster," she said.

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