National plan needs more user buy-in

Assist, the Association for ICT Professionals in Health and Social Care, has expressed strong support for the £2.3bn national...

Assist, the Association for ICT Professionals in Health and Social Care, has expressed strong support for the £2.3bn national programme for IT - but has warned that the plans are now confronted by several challenges.

Ian White, vice-chairman of Assist, said the national programme must step up its efforts to win user buy-in for its plans. He made the comments in the wake of the appointment of Fujitsu as the local service provider for Southern England.

White praised the national programme for getting contracts in place for a new national infrastructure, e-booking, a data spine and the appointment of five service providers for England. But he said the challenge would be the "creation of viable plans at local level and the mobilisation of the NHS to ensure the vision is delivered without significant disruption to clinical services".

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