"Up to now the use of IT in the NHS has not been a success story"

Many thanks to Chris Potts for this wonderfully timely and ironic spot from the annals of Department of Health history.

Click here to read a document published in 1998 by the Labour government, titled Information for Health – an information strategy for the modern NHS 1998 – 2005.

The strategy sets out the young Labour government’s plans for overhauling NHS IT, which eventually led to the £12bn National Programme for IT that was this week effectively scrapped.

In particular, there’s one choice sentence in the foreword by then-health secretary Frank Dobson that will reverberate today, 12 years later:

“Up to now the use of IT in the NHS has not been a success story.”

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again…

 

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