NHS trusts that were asked to prepare bids for digital investment over the next two months have now been told the funds are not available, HSJ understands.

As previously reported, providers were asked last week to submit urgent bids for investment in their digital technology services.

However, HSJ has now seen an email saying a review of capital allocations by the Department of Health and NHS England has concluded the funding is not available.

The email, from a regional director at NHS England, said this was a “disappointing outcome”, and hoped the “hard work you have carried out as part of these submissions can be taken forward into 17/18 planning”.