Conservative manifesto would revamp NHS IT


Conservative manifesto would revamp NHS IT

Cliff Saran

The Conservative Party has published a draft manifesto for the NHS, which could have a material impact on the NHS National Programme for IT.

Tory leader David Cameron said, "A decade of top-down, bureaucratic mismanagement has consistently undermined the professionalism and motivation of NHS staff and skewed NHS priorities away from patient care, creating a culture where ticking boxes is more important than giving patients the treatment they need. We can't go on with an NHS that puts targets before patients."

Although not specified explicitly, the manifesto could pave the way to enable external providers such as Microsoft and Google store electronic health records of UK patients, a plan the Tories suggested last year.

In the draft manifesto, the Tories outlined plans to "unleash an information revolution in the NHS by making detailed data about the performance of trusts, hospitals, GPs, doctors and other staff available to the public online so everyone will know who is providing a good service and who is falling behind".

The manifesto states, "We will put patients in charge of their own health records, with the ability to choose which providers they share them with."

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