Hundreds of millions in funding for STPs delayed

Full story in the HSJ, 30 April 2018

Plans to give health economies hundreds of millions of pounds to improve their IT systems have been delayed amid ongoing concerns about technology funding, HSJ has been told.

HSJ has spoken to multiple senior IT sector sources who say access to the “provider digitalisation fund” has been delayed, with conflicting messages from the centre about when the money will be available.

Some NHS organisations were told the process for applying for the money would be announced in autumn last year, but several sources told HSJ there have been “constant delays” and no clarity on funding.

Some sources said they were given indications of the funding they might receive only for these figures to later be reduced.