Practices have two months to sign up for IT choice

Practices in England which want to retain control over which IT system they use have been advised to sign up to GP Systems of Choice (GPSoC) before April or risk losing their freedom to choose.

GPSoC pays for software licences and computer upgrades for systems not provided by local services providers (LSPs). But most of the capital funding for the programme is in this year's budget, meaning that practices which are slow to take advantage of the programme could risk missing out.

‘If the funding isn't there the PCT still has to pay up,' said Richard Gunn, of the iSoft user group. ‘But there's a risk the PCT will say the only way you can have any development or a change of system is if you use an LSP system.'

Last week saw the launch of GP Choice, a website created by five of the IT National User Groups to ensure that practices were fully informed about the options open to them.

A spokeswoman for NHS Connecting for Health said that its ‘priority' was to get all eligible practices signed up to GPSOC by end of March.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

GP Systems of Choice

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