§ Lord Laird
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What sums have been allocated to the National Health Service for special purposes such as information technology in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. [HL6094]
§ Lord Hunt of Kings Heath:
The majority of investment for information management and technology in the National Health Service is made from general allocations. This enables local health communities to prioritise investments to meet local need. However, the need for significant investment to support the modernisation agenda has been recognised and additions of £113 million for 2001–02 and £85 million for 2002–03 were earmarked in general 64WA locations for information management and technology investment.