Dear NHS Improvement,

In December 2018, the Secretary of State for Health promised a total of £78m of public money would be awarded to NHS trusts over three years specifically to allow trusts to implement electronic prescribing. The first 13 trusts were announced in December 2018 for the financial year 2018-19

The second round of funding was due to be announced in April 2019, but the announcement was delayed. When questioned in the House Caroline Dineage stated that the announcements would be made in the Summer of 2019

Summer has passed, and you (NHS Improvement) have previously stated in a Freedom of Information response dated 12th June, that the allocation of funds planned for April 2019 will now be determined by a re-prioritisation exercise on funding for all digital programmes following the creation of NHSX.

As NHSX has now been created, are you now in a position confirm the timescales for the announcement of the second phase of the funding for the implementation of ePMA funding?

Yours faithfully,

Mark Simmons

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Dear Mr Simmons


Thank you for your email dated 28 August which we will be treating as an
enquiry as opposed to a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act.


Following completion of the NHSX re-prioritisation exercise, the capital
budget for the Electronic Prescribing & Medicines Administration (EPMA)
systems digital programme for 2019/20 has been confirmed at £26m. This is
the year 2 component of the £78m funding allocation announced by the
Secretary of State for Health in 2018.


I hope this information is of use.




Kind regards



Claire Upton

Enquiries Manager

NHS England and NHS Improvement

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