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NHS IT slammed

Public spending watchdogs will deliver a damning indictment of the NHS IT modernisation programme in a report later this year, it has emerged.

The National Audit Office will condemn the £6.2 billion National Programme for IT for failing to engage clinicians and becoming a 'focus for dissension' among GPs and hospital consultants.

Sir John Bourn, comptroller and auditor general of the NAO, told the Commons Public Accounts Committee his report would make 'absolutely' clear the project's failure to 'take the people in the NHS with the system'.

He said: 'The idea of having it wished on them, the idea of having to pay for something they do not want, are there.'

Sir John added: 'A lot of this dissension is focused around the IT but it does not take away the fact it has not won the hearts and minds of those who are being required to use it.'

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