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No plans to scrap GPs' IT systems

Ministers have moved to

reassure GPs the Government's NHS IT modernisation program will not mean some practice computer systems will be scrapped.

The move comes after the biggest supplier of GPs' systems, EMIS, pulled out of negotiations with the program earlier this year, claiming it was being frozen out.

But in a letter to an MP who had made an inquiry on behalf of a GP constituent, health minister John Hutton said there had 'not been

any intention to scrap existing systems'.

He added: 'There will not be a loss of functionality, data or services.'

Mr Hutton said there was no intention of imposing a 'one size fits all' solution for practices or other NHS organisations. He said he had 'every confidence' EMIS would continue to work with the NHS. The company has re-entered talks with the program.

Dr Gillian Braunold, dep-uty chair of the GPC IT sub-committee, said the letter was extremely helpful.

'In the short- to medium-term GPs now know they

are not going to be asked to leave systems that are doing the job.'

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