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NHS IT investment leaps by 40%

Capital investment in NHS IT rose by 41% last year, new figures have shown.

The NHS IM&T survey 2006 showed local capital expenditure on IT rose from £238.5m in 2005/6 to a planned investment of £336.4m in 2006 and 2007.

Combined with a central investment in IT of nearly £726m, total capital investment planned for 2006 and 2007 was nearly 40% of total capital expenditure.

The NHS IM&T survey shows planned investment by NHS Connecting for Health, which runs the central National Programme for IT, and by local NHS trusts, compared to actual investment in previous years.

Of the £336.4m spent locally on capital investment last year, £301.2m was spent on IT and £35.2m was spent on software licences. This was up from £215.5m and £23m respectively in 2005 and 2006.

Local investment in IT has risen from £234.2m in 2003/4, which was 8.57% of total expenditure.

And by last year, central investment had increased massively since 2003 and 2004, from £23.6m to £725.7m.


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