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Get rid of failing IT systems, says health chief

The Department of Health's departing IT chief has said the Government must be brave enough to get rid of elements of the NHS IT system that are shown not to be working.

Matthew Swindells was speaking at the Healthcare Computing conference in Harrogate, ahead of a report which is expected to be strongly criticise elements of the programme to concise with Lord Darzi's NHS review. ‘We have the opportunity to drive forward the use of information to improve the quality of care. Be bold and build on what works, whilst being brave enough to get rid of what doesn't,' he said.

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