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GPs on the attack over £5bn NHS IT programme

GPs have attacked the Department of Health's £5 billion NHS IT modernisation programme for failing to consult the profession over plans for electronic booking and a national patient record.

Dr Gillian Braunold, dep-uty chair of the GPC IT sub-committee, said offers of dialogue over the programme had been spurned.

'It's fair to say the GPC and BMA has made every conceivable approach to open a dialogue but has so far met with resistance,' she added.

'We still have no input into commissioning [of projects] and I have no idea what the clinical input into the advisory board on local service pro-viders is.'

Dr Braunold said 'chinks of light' had emerged after she was asked to chair a group advising on transferring information between providers.

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