HL Deb 21 May 2002 vol 635 cc94-5WA
Baroness Noakes

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the results of the information recently collected from the National Health Service by way of the Trusts Connection Proforma in respect of target IMT101 (connections of clinical and support staff to NHSnet by 31 March 2002). [HL4346]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

The IMT01 target in the Government's strategy documentBuilding the Information Core was to provide desktop access to basic email, browsing and system facilities for all clinical and support staff in National Health Service trusts. The information recently collected in respect of this target is currently being analysed, and trusts are being asked to update their responses. The numbers quoted reflect the position at a point in time, and are continuing to rise.

The interim report as at 2 April 2002 shows that of 455 responses, 76 trusts had 100 per cent clinical and support staff with access to email and browser facilities. A further 128 had declared their intention to take up the NHS national email service currently being procured, which is accepted as meeting the target for management purposes; 137 trusts have 100 per cent consultants with desktop access.

A total of 284,079 (45 per cent) clinical and support staff have email and browser facilities; and 19,753 consultants (72 per cent) have desktop access.