Wednesday, 8 July 2009

National Programme for IT (NPfIT)

ZDNet reports that doctors have voted in favour of an independent review of the £12.7 billion NHS National Programme for IT. Members of the British Medical Association (BMA) have supported a motion calling for a review of the entire programme led by Connecting for Health.

The proposer of the motion condemned the continuing waste of money on the national programme and said that most of its applications were not working successfully and were delayed.

Doctors also supported a motion that GPs should retain their role as holders of patient medical records. They feel this is fundamental to maintaining confidentiality, and that the opt-in approach to the Care Record Service will help patients to understand the implications of any transfer of their data. As a result the BMA hopes to campaign for local IT solutions for the NHS.

Have you opted out yet? Let your GP know your views and ensure your records are not uploaded to a national database without your permission.

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