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Scots GPASS revolt getting stronger

More than one in four practices in Scotland want to abandon the GPASS clinical software system.

Some 250 of the system's 880 users have put forward plans for a switch amid growing disillusionment with its functionality compared with systems from commercial companies.

Dr Stuart Scott, chair of the Scottish GPC's IT subcommittee, said at least one PCO, NHS Argyll & Clyde, had agreed to fund the GPs' business plans with NHS Grampian and NHS Tayside still to decide.

'The level of frustration and lack of progress is what's driv-ing this,' he said. 'The favourite alternative seems to be [In Practice Systems'] Vision.'

Health boards were taking on significant capital and revenue costs in allowing GPs to switch, Dr Scott added, because no agreement had yet been reached with the Scottish Executive to transfer its funding for GPASS to them.

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