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Boost to NHS information systems as NHS signs Microsoft deal

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1386
  1. Douglas Carnall
  1. London

    The NHS continues to underinvest in information technology, the health secretary, Alan Milburn, acknowledged last week, as he announced that additional funding of £85m ($119m) a year was to be ringfenced for such projects, starting in April 2002.

    Speaking at a conference for NHS chief executives, sponsored by Microsoft jointly with the Department of Health, Mr Milburn admitted, “I should have earmarked funds last year, and it was a mistake not to.”

    Also addressing the meeting was …

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