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.
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.