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IT crashes, but burns on

The first six months of 2007 were the toughest yet for the National Programme for IT.

It began with GPs and MPs expressing serious doubts over the programme. In Bolton, the pilot area for the Summary Care Record, local GPs openly criticised the ‘opt-out' consent model. And Pulse's Common Sense on IT Campaign exposed a series of security concerns.

Matters came to a head in June, when Connecting for Health boss Richard Granger quit, and BMA members voted to boycott care records because of confidentiality fears.

The second half of 2007 was more positive. Care records had a better reception in the next four early adopter areas, and the boycott seems to have fizzled out. Connecting for Health finally signed contracts for GP Systems of Choice, and one in three GPs has already added details to the NHS Choices website.

But questions remain. Who will replace Richard Granger? Will Choose and Book sink or swim next year? And will, as one GP put it, the BMA finally develop its own Spine?

A series of IT security concerns emerged in 2007 A series of IT security concerns emerged in 2007

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