NHS's National Programme for IT - a consultant's one-sentence view

On 15 January 2007, Dr Barry Monk, a consultant dermatologist, received an e-mail inviting him to a major national conference on 1 February 2007 on the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT [NPfIT].

Says Dr Monk on his blog: “There is only one small problem, which is that consultants are not allowed to cancel clinical work with less than six weeks notice, so no one who actually sees patients will be able to go.”

The conference is organised by Connecting for Health, a government agency that is responsible for the NPfIT programme. The event is entitled: “NHS Engagement – What’s in I.T. for me?”

From Dr Monk’s point of view, not a lot so far.

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