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Freedom of Information

As a Directorate within the Department of Health, NHS Connecting for Health is bound by the Department's Freedom of Information (FOI) policies.

Our documents are published in accordance with the Department's Publication Scheme.

Reviews of the National Programme for IT

In response to a FOI request it has received, the Office of Government Commerce (OGC) has agreed to disclose its Gateway reviews of the National Programme for IT.

These relate to issues which were examined through the Gateway Process at key decision points in order to provide assurance that they should progress to the next stage.

The purpose of Gateway reviews is to challenge assumptions and explore any perceived weaknesses. They are expected to be critical of certain aspects.

This is part of best government practice and has meant that the NPfIT has been able to assess which activities needed to change and which issues should be addressed.

The reviews cover a period between 2002 and 2007. Given that the material is older than two years, it has been possible to make public almost all of the content, with the exception of certain personal information covered by the exemption at Section 40 of the Act. The Department of Health has agreed that the reviews should be made public via the NHS Connecting for Health website.

Openness policy

NHS Connecting for Health has a policy of sharing information openly, whilst remaining professionally mindful of the sensitive nature of some of the material it produces and holds.


Freedom of Information requests must be in writing, by post, fax or email. The address for postal enquiries is:

Customer Service Centre
Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall

Requests can be faxed to: 020 7210 5952. For email requests please use the Department of Health contact form and write 'Freedom of Information' in the 'Subject' line.

Visit the Department of Heath website for full details of how the department handles Freedom of Information requests.