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Audit office is to take second look at NHS IT programme

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 September 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:568
  1. Michael Cross
  1. London

    The £12bn (€18bn; $22bn) programme to computerise the NHS in England faces a new investigation. Two months after it published a largely favourable report on the national programme for information technology (IT) (BMJ 2006;333:3-4, 1 Jul), the National Audit Office said that it plans a second study on the world's largest civil IT scheme. One focus of the new study is likely to be the programme's slower than expected progress in installing electronic patient record systems in acute hospitals.

    Opposition MPs last week published a paper criticising the core of the programme, a national network “spine” that will allow authorised …

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