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What a waste of NHS cash

The spine and Choose and Book are huge and pointless exercises, a drain on precious resources which is distracting us from a job we already do under great pressure.

There is no guarantee of security with patient information sent via Choose and Book or via the spine. No matter how secure an IT system supposedly is, it is always open to abuse, and to unnecessarily exposing sensitive information to the outside world. I urge the Government to take a vote on this issue before more taxpayers' money is wasted on these useless schemes.

It's happening at a time when we are all told resources are scarce, our district nurses are not being replaced and surgeries are encouraged to squeeze secondary care services into existing premises.

These are essential services where our patients need hands-on treatment yet we are told there is a national financial deficit.Whereas for the IT programme, I have yet to learn just how far the Department of Health is prepared to throw taxpayers' money.

It is not acting in the interest of the public at all.

From Dr Tehmton Sepai, Markyate, Hertfordshire

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