Practices still facing pressure to switch IT systems

GP computing experts have warned that some PCTs are continuing to put pressure on practices to switch IT systems, despite a deal meant to guarantee choice.

IT agency Connecting for Health announced the GP Systems of Choice scheme last month, to enable practices to choose systems from any of eight leading suppliers.

But Dr Manpreet Pujara, chairman of the national user group for the EMIS practice IT system, has warned that the ‘battle for choice’ is not yet won.

Speaking at last week’s EMIS user group conference, he said: ‘Some PCTs are still going down the single system route. They don’t care that our IT systems are like a scalpel, they want us to have a new set of tools.’

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