NHS IT agency may lose powers in DoH review

Connecting for Health (CfH) could be stripped of some of its responsibilities under a DoH review, as a survey revealed most GPs believe its IT programme is too expensive and puts patient data at risk.

A DoH spokeswoman said a review commissioned by NHS chief executive David Nicholson aimed ‘to achieve a shift in ownership to the local NHS'.

Meanwhile, a survey by healthcare research firm Medix UK, sponsored by GP and other publications, found that most GPs (51 per cent) will not comply with the IT agency's plans to upload patient records to the national care record database without patient consent.

GPC negotiator Dr Richard Vautrey said that devolution of IT responsibility to local level would concern GPs: ‘Whenever things get devolved to SHAs and PCTs, the money disappears.'

A CfH spokesman said the majority of doctors knew of the benefits of the IT programme and it recognised the need for further clinical engagement.

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