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Inquiry to probe £6.2bn deals for NHS computer systems

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:592
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The Government's spending watchdog, the National Audit Office, is to examine whether £6.2bn ($11bn, €9.1bn) awarded to contractors to build a new computer system for the NHS has been wisely spent.

    The study into the work of the national programme for information technology in the NHS will also investigate how contracts were procured, whether they deliver value for money, and the progress made so far.

    The programme, which was set up in October 2002, plans to create an IT infrastructure for the NHS that will improve patient care by …

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