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IT delays lead to £828m underspend

Huge delays in implementing the National Programme for IT over the past three years has meant Connecting for Health has underspent its original budget for that time by £828 million.

Most of that underspend occurred over the last financial year when the roll out of Care Record systems should have been at its peak.

The figures were revealed by health minister Ben Bradshaw in a written answer to a question from shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley.

The figures reveal an underspend in revenue of £216 million between 2004-05 and 2006-07, together with a £612 million capital underspend over the same period.

Detailed figures are available from Hansard

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