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£2.3bn IT plans 'waste money'

More than a third of doctors believe the Government's £2.3 billion programme to modernise NHS IT is a waste of money, a survey reveals.

Only one in four GPs and hospital doctors backed the plans, which include electronic booked admissions and a national electronic patient record. Three-quarters of GPs complained they had not been consulted over the programme. Only 3 per cent said they had had adequate consultation.

Despite the lack of enthusiasm for the project, more than half of GPs said they believed it would improve clinical care with 22 per cent expecting the improvement to be significant.

The survey, conducted by the Medix-UK website, also found that 45 per cent of GPs expect the IT programme to give a slight or significant improvement in their working life. Some 27 per cent thought it would worsen.

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