Headlines in todays papers saying that the NHS is writing off a £12 billion IT contract are totally misleading and an attempt to rubbish the Labour Party.
Here's the truth. The system is NOT being scrapped. The NHS is keeping "Spine" – which stores patients' care records, NHS email – the secure email system for the entire NHS, "Choose and Book", the appointment booking service, and Picture Archiving and Communications Service – which allows for the transfer of X-ray pictures. These were all developed as part of this IT contract.
Lansley's statement is dishonest