The Department of Health has denied it is reviewing the national programme for IT or NHS Connecting for Health.

The denial comes in response to a flurry of reports that Connecting for Health is under review and about to move to a 'best of breed' approach that would allow NHS organisations more choice of systems.

In a statement, the DoH said: 'Following the publication of the Darzi interim report, the Department of Health confirmed that NHS chief executive David Nicholson has ordered a review of information across the health service.'

It added: 'This is not a review of the national programme for IT or of Connecting for Health. It is a broad investigation into how the NHS can improve the collection and sharing of information - whether statistics, performance data or patients' information - for the better delivery of healthcare.'