BMA demands urgent public inquiry into IT

Doctors’ leaders have ordered the BMA to demand an urgent public inquiry into the NHS IT programme.

BMA demands urgent public inquiry into IT
BMA demands urgent public inquiry into IT

A motion at the BMA's Annual Representatives Meeting (ARM) in Torquay said the 'exorbitantly expensive' programme was ‘doomed to fail'.

Devon LMC chairman Dr Charlie Daniels said: 'This £12.4 billion project is the world's largest civil IT programme. Key elements are years late, suppliers are in trouble and the costs are escalating.'

He reminded the conference that a senior figure within one of the IT programme's local service providers had told a Health Select Committee inquiry that the programme 'isn't working and isn't going to work'.

Dr Daniels said the DoH had failed to engage clinicians in developing the programme, and that the imminent departure of the programme's chief officer Richard Granger had created a 'window of opportunity'.

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