Public Accounts Committee to investigate NHS digitalisation

The Public Accounts Committee has opened an enquiry into Digital Transformation in the NHS in order to understand the flaws with previous efforts and how to ensure a successful transformation in future.

Following a recent National Audit Office (NAO) report, there has been concern that investments into digital transformations of the NHS are flawed and wasteful.

The Public Accounts Committee says:

“The report finds that digital transformation presents a huge challenge, and that the NHS has a track record of failure which it is not learning from.

“Substantial investment is planned (£8 billion over five years) but costing exercises and assumptions are flawed and the plans are probably not deliverable for the money allocated. Current governance arrangements are confused, and a new digital unit NHSX set up in 2019 to lead transformation has not yet developed its plans and way of working.

“The NAO concludes that there are major technical challenges to overcome around sharing data, and the NHS’s planned actions might make the problem worse. This all points to significant risks to achieving value for money.

“The Committee will question officials from the Department for Health and Social Care and NHS England & Improvement, on how the NHS is renewing its efforts to transform patient services by making use of modern technology and systems.”

Follow the inquiry in MAP’s tracker, and take part through the Committee website.

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Published on 28. July 2020 in News EU