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Government confirms transfer of NHS computerisation to local bodies

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 13 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4988
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

    Medical professionals have welcomed the formal announcement of the end of the centrally driven £13bn (€16bn; $20bn) programme to computerise the NHS in England but have asked for more clarity on what will replace it.

    In a widely expected statement a junior health minister, Simon Burns, said last week that a review had concluded that “a more locally led, plural approach” should replace national procurement of systems to computerise patients’ records. The Department of Health said that the move would save £700m, mainly by cutting back the scope of existing contracts.

    The new policy means that NHS trusts and general practices will be free to choose their systems instead of having to take the one picked by centrally appointed “local service providers.” However, centrally operated systems for handling electronic appointment booking and …

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