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None of expected benefits of Labour’s IT programme have been achieved, report says

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 10 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3759
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

The spectre of the last government’s £10bn effort to computerise the NHS in England arose this week over the Department of Health’s ambition to create a “paperless” service.

In a memorandum to parliament the National Audit Office (NAO) reported that virtually none of the expected benefits of the National Programme for IT, set up in 2002 and dismantled into component parts in 2011, had been achieved.1

As …

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