Tuesday, January 10, 2006

GPs think National Programme for IT huge waste of money

GPs' opinion of the massive NHS IT programme is getting worse. The government will face huge problems in making the system work without their support:

Health ministers face a crisis of confidence among GPs and hospital consultants over the £6.2bn programme to build the most sophisticated medical IT system in the world, a Guardian poll of more than 1,300 doctors has revealed.

It shows most doctors think the Connnecting for Health programme is a waste of money and only 1% feel it is making good progress. Doctors are concerned that patient confidentiality will be compromised when records are transferred to an electronic system open to clinical staff.

I'm yet to hear back from the Department of Health over the FIPR opt-out letter I sent them before Christmas declining to have my health records put online.

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