The Liberal Democrat Party has repeated its call for a review of the NHS National Programme for IT. The party's shadow health secretary Norman Lamb used a recent interview with soon-to-be departing NHS IT chief Richard Granger in CIO UK magazine as ammunition to push for an independent inquiry. In the article, Granger admits …
Well, this is a reason not to vote lib dem.. lets kick him whilst he's down.
What the Lib Dems fail to point out is that much of the NHS IT project is just replacing existing systems. The new parts include electronic medical records and choose 'n book.
If anything allowing a health specialist access to someone's medical records instantly will save lives. Even if it takes 2 hours to access the file it is still faster than waiting for the postman to deliver the paper copy.
Much of the problems are down to the financial side of things, iSoft for instance have been in deep financial trouble and so can't hire people to speed up development.
Many parts of the system are live already, the database used will be one of the largest in the world. Of course it is going to be difficult, but we will be a world leader in medical database systems when it is all working. Does the UK want to be a leader in IT or just stick to paper and pen?
But Moore says that all is right and good with NHS. How can anyone question what he has to say? The American health system is all crap and the British system flawless.
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