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Substantial slice of £4.2bn IT fund must go to general practice, say GP leaders

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1852 (Published 31 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1852
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Almost half a billion pounds of the government’s £4.2bn (€5.3bn; $6bn) IT infrastructure fund should be allocated to general practice for the money to be used most effectively for better patient care, GP leaders have said.

Maureen Baker, chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners, has written to England’s health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to welcome his announcement in February of £4.2bn to create a “paperless NHS,” but she has called for a significant proportion of the money to go to general practice.

Hunt announced that the …

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