UK Government may cancel billion pound IT project

A multi-billion pound NHS IT system may be cancelled in Wednesday's pre-Budget report, Alistair Darling has said.

The chancellor said the "quite expensive" programme, which has been hit by problems and delays, could be axed to save cash.

He told the BBC it was "not essential to the frontline" and "something which I do not think we need to go ahead with just now".
 
If cancelled the project will join a long list of failed government IT projects, with costs running into billions of pounds.