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Changing systems 'a nightmare' say GPs

A falling out between the NHS and one of its commercial suppliers over contracts would not normally make the news, but the spat between EMIS and the National Programme for IT has a huge number of innocent GPs caught in the crossfire.

As things stand, GPs will be forced to move in a few year's time to one of two systems now under development, neither of which will have any input from the UK's top supplier.

The experience of those who switched to other systems in the past is that moving leads to massive disruption and lost data, neither of which benefit patient care or GP earnings. EMIS has wasted no time in rallying its users to oppose the plans, a move which a senior GPC figure has described as a 'cynical manipulation' of GPs.

The solution may require compromise all round, but a situation where the market leader is excluded from the future of GP computing is crazy. GPs must be saved from this madness.

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