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Government rows hold up GPs' IT cash

Internal Government rows over the direction of NHS IT policy are holding up new money for GPs' IT systems, according to the GPC.

GPC negotiator Dr Laurence Buckman said it was

in agreement with the NHS Confederation that as much as £50 million was needed to enable PCTs to meet the cost of maintenance and upgrades.

The figure is three times the initial £17 million allocation. 'The direction that part of the Government wants to go in is not quite the same as the Department of Health, NHS Confederation and GPC,' Dr Buckman said.

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