News

MPs call on government to scrap £7bn NHS care records system

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d4975 (Published 03 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4975
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government should consider dropping its £7bn (€8bn; $11.4bn) care records system for the NHS, still under development, as it is an “unworkable” and costly mistake, claims a report from an influential committee of MPs.

The Public Accounts Committee published a highly critical report on 3 August focusing on the care records system for the NHS in England—part of the £11.4bn national programme for IT in the NHS.

The programme was launched in 2002, and the Department of Health has spent £6.4bn on it so far.

For their inquiry the MPs on the committee focused on delivery of what is meant to be a fully integrated, electronic care records system under the programme and …

View Full Text

Sign in

Log in through your institution

Free trial

Register for a free trial to thebmj.com to receive unlimited access to all content on thebmj.com for 14 days.
Sign up for a free trial

Subscribe