UK: NHS e-records: Can DoH turn off the life support?

Nick Heath writes:

Spending almost £3bn on a project that pleases no one is an act of incompetence. But burning through another £4bn by persisting with that same doomed endeavour amounts to lunacy.

There appear to be no winners in the Department of Health’s project to create electronic patient records.

Not the GP surgeries and hospitals that are waiting for thousands of new patient records systems to be delivered, stuck with interim systems while they bide their time for upgrades that are years overdue.

Not the Department of Health, which has spent £2.7bn on a project that has failed to deliver even a fraction of its vision of a detailed electronic record for all NHS patients in England.

Not the patients, who have seen minimal improvement to their care as a result of the new IT systems being fitted.

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