UK: Computer failure puts cancer sufferers at risk

Suspected cancer patients at top London hospitals have missed critical appointments after their records were lost by a new multi-billion-pound computer system.

Patients missed appointments with a specialist within the necessary two weeks because of problems with the new Care Records Service installed under the NHS £12.7 billion

Programme for IT (NPfIT). Problems arose in April when Bart’s and The London Trust switched to the new system, which failed to keep track of patient data. As well as missing urgent appointments, patients were booked into closed clinics and appointments were repeatedly cancelled, a report in Computer Weekly revealed today.

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