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Oliver Wright: The potential was huge, but so were the problems

2 August, 2011 (23:23) | Computers are Magic, EPR, Government policy, Initiatives, Interoperability, IT fallacies, National Programmes, Nightmares!, Railways versus Roads | By: Helga Perry

Oliver Wright: The potential was huge, but so were the problems – Commentators, Opinion – The Independent.

More analysis from Oliver Wright on how the NHS IT programme went pear-shaped.

As The Independent‘s Leader says:

The NHS IT scheme will be remembered as one of the great public procurement disasters of all time.

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Many doctors still do not understand why this new system is being pushed on them.

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Instead of a national database of patients’ records, as originally envisaged by the previous Labour government in 2002, we will have a patchwork of incompatible systems.

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Ministers must obviously take a large share of blame. They have gullibly swallowed implausible claims from private-sector sales people about the ability of grand new IT schemes to revolutionise the public services.

 

 

 

 

 

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Comment from Helga Perry
Time August 2, 2011 at 23:46

here’s what The Financial Times has to say:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/27af9708-bd17-11e0-bdb1-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1TuyywbzX

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