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Battle on IT choice

GP software provider EMIS has vowed to fight 'discriminatory' funding in the new Government deal promising practices a free choice over their IT

system.

The company is protesting at a clause that means practices have to pay to migrate data to an approved system, unless that system is the preferred choice of one of Connecting for Health's local service providers.

EMIS supplies more than half of GPs, but is not a preferred provider.

Sean Riddell, EMIS deputy managing director, said he was confident of getting Connecting for Health to change its

position.

He said: 'I know the intent was to have a level playing field using a simplistic contractual structure based on accreditation.

'I am certain the field will be levelled.'

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