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IT support slipping

GP support for Connecting for Health's £6.2 billion program-me of NHS IT reform has hit a new low

Three years ago 67 per cent of GPs thought the programme was an important priority for the NHS. Now only 38 per cent do, a survey from Medix-UK has revealed.

Just 26 per cent of GPs were enthusiastic about the programme, down from 56 per cent two years ago.

The number of GPs who believe the programme will bring significant improvements to clinical care in the longer-term has risen ­ 21 per cent against 13 per cent last year ­ but two-thirds do not consider it a good use of NHS resources.

Just 18 per cent of GPs said the NHS Care Record was very important, compared with 58 per cent two years ago.

More than half of GPs said they would not use Choose and Book software until after December 2006 and 9 per cent would never use it.

The survey of 1,329 GPs and consultants revealed over half still have little idea about the IT reforms going on in the NHS.

Connecting for Health said its own survey by MORI indicated far more positive opinions.

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