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NHS Could Let Bodies Choose Own IT Systems

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Could Let Bodies Choose Own IT Systems

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NHS bodies might be given more freedom to choose their own IT systems while waiting for the delayed patient records system, the head of the NHS has said.

'I'm looking at ways in which we can decentralise and give hospitals more control and also at the same time keep the benefits of the national programme,' NHS chief executive David Nicholson told the Commons' Public Accounts Committee on February 2.

An investigation published by the Times and Computer Weekly this week claimed that the delays and escalating costs of government IT contracts were costing taxpayers an estimated ?18.6bn extra.

The NHS contracts concern a deal to supply software packages that allow records to be accessed across the NHS.

'The idea that you could by attrition drive a national programme into an NHS that was unwilling to accept it simply is not deliverable,' Nicholson said. …

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