Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

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 it has since been stated by NHS Improvement, 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, could you confirm the timescales for the announcement of the second phase of the funding for the implementation of ePMA funding pledged by the secretary of state, or confirm the review date, or confirm that the the Department of hesalth and Social Care no longer intends to honour its funding pledge.

Yours faithfully,

Mark Simmons

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Simmons,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request. (our ref: FOI-1188340) 

Yours sincerely,

Lauren Der 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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