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Follow-Up Inquiry into Health Service IT Is Routine, Says NAO

Magazine article Public Finance

Follow-Up Inquiry into Health Service IT Is Routine, Says NAO

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The National Audit Office has sought to play down the significance of reports that it will reopen Its inquiry into a multibillion pound NHS computer scheme 12 weeks after Its Initial report.

On June 16, the NAO published a report on Connecting for Health, which will Introduce electronic patient records and enable GPs to book patients' hospital appointments at the time of referral.

Critics of the programme interpreted the NAO's move so soon after its initial report as a further blow to a scheme that has endured a fractious summer, with concerns over delays and the viability of software, as well as allegations of financial irregularities at iSoft, a leading software supplier.

There has also been speculation that up to ten trusts have opted out of the programme, although some might be foundation trusts. …

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