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NAO report slams NHS IT project

A multi-billion pound NHS IT programme is not achieving value for money, the Whitehall spending watchdog has said.

The National Programme for IT (NPfIT) was launched nine years ago by the Labour government in a bid to provide electronic care records for every patient in the NHS, with some £6.4bn already spent on the project.

But a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) said care records systems were not being put in place as quickly as planned, with those that had been set up not performing all the functions required of them.

A total of £2.7bn spent on care records, in particular, had not provided value for money, with NAO officials adding that they were not confident a further £4.3bn earmarked for the project would provide any improvements.

Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said: "The original vision for the National Programme for IT in the NHS will not be realised."

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