Letters There IT goes again

NHS IT requires the wisdom of the crowd not the marketplace

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d6484 (Published 12 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6484
  1. Susan Bewley, obstetrician1,
  2. Helga Perry, electronic systems and resources librarian2,
  3. Rupert Fawdry, honorary consultant obstetrician (IT research)2,
  4. Grant Cumming, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist3
  1. 1King’s Health Partners, London SE1 7EH, UK
  2. 2University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, Coventry, UK
  3. 3Dr Gray’s Hospital (NHS Grampian), Elgin, Moray, UK
  1. susan.bewley{at}kcl.ac.uk

In his recent upbeat article on IT in the NHS, Cross reverses some of the recent press nihilism.1 Why then did the recent Department of Health (DH) IT consultation only garner responses from seven clinicians and 21 health professionals?2 Are they disillusioned because of past failures to involve frontline clinical staff? Arguably, those failures to harness their expertise might explain the NHS England IT fiasco.

Cross draws attention to an …

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