Andrew Lansley

From Nhs It Info

(South Cambridgeshire, Conservative)

Parliamentary Question (19 Apr 2004)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that general practitioner practices will be granted at least three choices of information technology suppliers under the new General Medical Services contract."

Parliamentary Question (10 Jun 2004)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to involve (a) clinicians and (b) end users in the development of the NHS IT system; and if he will make a statement."

House of Commons Debate (11 Nov 2004)

"When we discussed this in July 2003, in the short debate to which I previously referred, I expressed concern—I shall quote myself if my hon. Friend will forgive me— "about the extent to which information technology systems in the NHS are being centralised" and "that the responsiveness of the IT system to individual customers was being removed". I wondered, in the context of the negotiation of the contract, "whether the BMA is entirely confident that GP practices will be able to exercise the same control over their service providers that they do at present". . .Since that warning back in July of last year, we have become aware of serious disquiet among general practitioners about the system that the Government are putting in place. As my hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr. Chope) said, they have put a lot of investment into the EMIS system and 50 per cent. of GPs have adopted it, but this system is not the one that has secured a contract with a local service provider to provide GPs with their IT systems under the new arrangements. The GP contract says: "Each practice will have guaranteed choice from a number of accredited systems that deliver the required functionality"— yet GPs are not getting the choice that they want, nor the required functionality."

Parliamentary Question (13 Feb 2006)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of the National Programme for Information Technology; and what progress the software supplier has made in supplying systems for use in the programme."

House of Commons Debate (9 May 2006)

"The Government promised that every single patient referral from a GP would be booked through the choose and book system by the end of December 2005. The latest figure, in April 2006, is about 10 per cent. On electronic prescribing, the Government's target was for 50 per cent. of prescriptions to be electronically filled by December 2005. In February 2006, the figure was 1.8 per cent. Confidence in the NHS IT programme continues to fall. The latest disclosure is that an NHS care records service, which was intended to be up and running in 2005, has been put back—no date is now offered—and will have to be piloted. People who know about such programmes have said that user involvement and piloting the systems would have been the right way to proceed in the first place."

Parliamentary Question (8 Jun 2006)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to local NHS bodies of implementing the care record service."

Parliamentary Question (20 Jun 2006)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on productive time savings, as envisaged by the Gershon Review, achieved since 2003-04; and what proportion of these savings are directly attributable to products delivered through the National Programme for Information Technology."

Parliamentary Question (6 Jul 2006)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her latest estimate is of the total implementation costs of Connecting for Health, including the cost of local implementation."

Parliamentary Question (6 Jul 2006)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons she has delayed the introduction of the NHS Care Records Service (CRS); where she expects the pilot sites to test the NHS CRS will be established; and what information will be uploaded onto the national system (a) under the NHS CRS pilots and (b) when the NHS CRS is fully enabled."

Parliamentary Question (1 Nov 2006)

"To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to dissolve Connecting for Health."

House of Commons Debate (5 Dec 2006)

". . . It is five years since we last had a debate on public health on the Floor of the House. That debate was also on an Opposition motion. Today, we want particularly to look at the Government's record on public health, two years after their White Paper and four and a half years after the Wanless report was produced for the Treasury. . . The NHS has not achieved the productivity gains that Derek Wanless set out. We also know from the repeated delays and confusion surrounding the connecting for health NHS information technology programme that technology is not being taken up in the NHS in the way that he anticipated. I want to focus, however, on the simple fact that we are not achieving that public health objective. . ."

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