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NHS trusts ask for costs to cover delays to NPfIT

Lindsay Clark

Fourteen NHS trusts have asked for contributions to costs incurred as a result of delays in the implementation of the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), according to the Public Accounts Committee.

In a report on NHS finances, the committee noted that the Department of Health said that information on how much has been claimed by each trust was not available as the requests include a mixture of one-off costs, ongoing costs, alternative interim solutions and unspecified amounts. The department has not to date made any such payments.

Last year United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust said it would seek funding from Connecting for Health to help make up for the cost of running a system it was not able to replace because of NPfIT delays.

A spokeswoman said at the time, "The current contract with EDS expires in December 2006. United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust is currently working with the strategic health authority in an effort to seek funding from Connecting for Health to fund part or all of any additional EDS costs incurred during 2007. The go live date [for the new system] is September/October 2007."

The Trust has since said it does not expect to have increased costs by extending the EDS contract as some would be met by Connecting for Health, which runs NPfIT.

The PAC said the NHS deficit for the year ending in 2005-06 was £570m.

The full report by the PAC

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