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A GP software company has accused the EMIS National User Group of 'scaremongering' over its campaign against the National Programme for IT.

The Phoenix Partnership, which produces SystmOne GP clinical software, said the group's claims about the threat of data loss or corruption exploited an issue that happens 'every day of the week'.

The problems were not related to threats by the national programme to deny GPs a choice of system, the firm said.

Satvinder Virk, director of The Phoenix Partnership, said the problem of converting

data, and retraining practice staff on new systems, even applied to EMIS-to-EMIS data transfers.

'Loss of data is the same whether you change supplier or not,' he said. 'If people change within supplier you may still lose data and would need to be retrained.'

But Dr Manpreet Pujara, chair of the EMIS National User Group, said it was right to link the idea of data loss with the choice agenda.

'It's true data loss happens every day when systems are changing but that's one of the reasons we don't want unnecessary changes.'

Sean Riddell, deputy managing director of EMIS, said data loss was possible but 'rare' during EMIS-to-EMIS transfers.

The news came as the GPC reiterated earlier guidance

saying no GP would be forced to move to a system with less functionality than their current one; and moves to new systems should not be contemplated until data migration 'issues' had been resolved.

The GPC said: 'It is inconceivable we or the RCGP would allow the rich functionality of systems, nor the enormous investment GPs have made, nor the data they contain, to be squandered.'

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