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Hutton must see the light on IT funding too

We saw a welcome dose of realism from Health Minister John Hutton last week. The policy to maximise flu vaccination uptake in at-risk under-65s is clearly ludicrous while GPs in England are not paid for the work and their peers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are. Now GPs need to see the cash to back up his positive words.

But Mr Hutton needs to open his eyes to the crisis in IT funding. The £17 million of new money for PCTs to take over GPs' IT is nowhere near enough. PCTs say it's not; GPs know it's not.

The GMS contract is entirely reliant on GPs' IT systems. Unless PCTs get more money to ensure these are up to scratch, GPs cannot set up disease registers, cannot collect data for the quality framework and cannot implement the contract.

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