Computer ownership row stalls in talks on contract
A decision over whether GPs or PCTs will own practice computer systems is set to go to the wire in the GP contract negotiations.
The contract framework, published last year, said GPs would get 100 per cent reimbursement for IT, but negotiations have stalled over who will actually own the systems.
Dr Paul Cundy, chair of the GPC's IT sub-committee and a contributor to the IT working group in the contract talks, said a sticking point was the question of liability if the systems broke down.
'If I own equipment it's my liability if it goes wrong,' he said.
'The problem with PCT ownership is what happens if it goes wrong due to something beyond my control. How many trusts are able to send people out immediately to get it sorted?'
Pulse understands that legal and tax issues surrounding ownership are also causing
Funding for protected time for IT training has been agreed by negotiators and Read codes have been created.