Letters, calls and emails: Why has a useful tool been scrapped?

Dear Editor

Prodigy was apparently withdrawn without GP consultation or warning (GP, 12 January). I came in to work one day to find it gone.

I really miss it and used it in approximately a third of consultations. Now I have to shuffle through folders of guidelines and protocols and squint at the BNF and MIMS.

It was an excellent tool, instantly available during a consultation, and saved valuable time. In my practice we also used it as a training tool for registrars. You state that just 10 per cent of GPs used it. Well, isn’t that a very large number?

I would like to ask Sir Muir Gray to, one, justify withdrawing Prodigy without having a new service up and running (with little prospect of one for two years), and two, reinstate Prodigy until the new system is in place.

Dr Averil McClelland

Lancaster

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