Friday, June 16, 2006

Cost of NHS IT programme to double

A National Audit Office report claims that the NHS National Programme for IT will come in at twice the price claimed by the government. One reason is the conflict between government and doctors over the system.

The deputy head of the British Medical Association's family doctors committee commented:

"The government wants patients' complete medical records to be made available through the IT programme. We think that is unnecessary and compromises patient confidentiality. Patients should be able to specify what they want on the electronic record, though information such as allergies and current medication would ideally be included."

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