The Department of Health has today announced that the review into the National Programme for IT has finished.
The review has concluded that best value for money is delivered to taxpayers by retaining a national infrastructure, but devolving leadership of IT development to NHS organisations.
The Government believes that local systems and services that should now be driven by local NHS organisations. Localised decision making and responsibility will create fresh ways of ensuring that clinicians and patients are involved in planning and delivering front line care and driving change. This reflects the coalition government's commitment to ending top-down government.
The direction of travel being announced today for IT services very much reflects the Coalitions key themes of localisation and bringing key decisions closer to the front line.
By moving IT systems closer to the frontline, the Department of Health is expected to make additional savings of £700 million meaning that the total cost of the programme will be reduced significantly.