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Free choice of GP software in June

GPs should get a free choice in software provider from June, Connecting for Health indicated this week.

Connecting for Health is about to embark on an Official Journal of the European Union tender process for its GP Systems of Choice project.

Once under way, the project should produce information on approved system providers to enable practices to pick from other software providers on

top of their local service provider.

Kemi Adenubi, programme director for GP Systems of Choice, said: 'This is not an easy thing to do; it has taken a year to get this far.

'We had to negotiate with eight suppliers – each with a very different perspective of

the marketplace.'

Mr Adenubi added: 'Getting all of the suppliers into a sensible agreement where they all feel they are being treated fairly is not easy.'

Current providers are all expected to apply, but the process will also be open to newcomers.

In addition, there will be a separate process for bidders to provide data migration systems.

Meanwhile, Connecting for Health is in final discussions with the PCTs that volunteered to be summary Care Record 'early adopter sites'.

The identity of the first pilot site is expected to be released imminently – it is due to go live next month.

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