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BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1020

IT, or not IT?

  1. Paul Davison, senior house officer, general medicine (
  1. Leicester General Hospital, Leicester LE5 4PW
  2. Homefield Surgery, Exeter EX1 2QS

    EDITOR—The vision of the future proposed by Dawes and Godwin is an excellent one that can only enhance the knowledge of doctors worldwide and in turn lead to better patient care.1

    Unfortunately, as with most excellent ideas, there is still no materialisation within sight. This goes to emphasise how the NHS, owing to underfunding and the continued use of reactive rather than proactive strategies, is ill equipped to cope with large amounts of information.

    Hospitals are way behind when it comes to the implementation of corporate intranets. These could be used to hold information …

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