NHS will not receive £250m of IT upgrades

Health services minister Mike O'Brien has told parliament only £562m of a budgeted £800m will be spent on hardware and software upgrades for 2009/10

The NHS is expected to miss out on almost £250m-worth of IT upgrades that were planned for 2009/10.

While the Department of Health had budgeted for £800m of capital spending by NHS IT body Connecting for Health (CfH) in the 2009/10 financial year, the latest forecasts estimate that only £562m of the money will be spent, health services minister Mike O'Brien revealed in a written answer to parliament this week.

Over the past five years CfH has spent £2bn less than budgeted on new hardware and software.

For more on this story, see NHS to miss out on £250m of tech upgrades on silicon.com.

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