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Demand to kill off GPASS

Scottish GPs have demanded the GPASS IT system be abandoned.

LMC representatives called for the software, used in 850 Scottish practices, to be scrapped after hearing how it cost two-thirds more than previously believed.

Dr John Ip, secretary of Argyll and Clyde LMC, revealed he had found out, through the Freedom of Information Act, that the system cost £4,000 per practice per year, against a £2,400 figure given by GPASS.

He said: 'We are not getting value for taxpayers' money.'

GPASS has been beset by problems, including a bug causing entries of more than 256 characters of free text to run on into the next patient's record.

Dr Robin Balfour of Lothian LMC told the conference: 'We have gathered to witness the death of GPASS. GPASS is the past, let us say goodbye.'

Some GPs asked for a stay of execution because of the difficulties of migrating to an alternative system.

But Dr Stuart Scott, chair of the SGPC IT committee, said it would be just as problematic to move to a new GPASS.

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