Health staff upbeat about new systems

Connecting for Health, which runs the NHS's National Programme for IT, has published comments from health service staff in praise of new systems.

Connecting for Health, which runs the NHS's National Programme for IT, has published comments from health service staff in praise of new systems.

The move comes days after Computer Weekly reported that more than 110 "major incidents" had hit hospitals across England in the past four months, after parts of the health service went live with systems supplied under the National Programme for IT.

The selected list of comments, published on Connecting for Health's website, contains no critical remarks about the programme.

But Richard Bacon, a member of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, remains concerned about the reliability and performance of some of the systems deployed so far.

He said there was evidence of "serious and growing problems with the whole National Programme for IT in the health service".

Bacon said it would be "sensible to slim down the programme and to give control of purchasing to hospital chief executives locally, subject to common standards".


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