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Will IT bosses ever admit errors?

I was interested to read the debate between Dr Paul Thornton and Dr Gillian Braunold of Connecting for Health (Opinion, 23 August).

I still have concerns about patient confidentiality and was not reassured by what I read.

The centralised record will be vulnerable to hackers and improper use, and the transfer of information to the Secondary Uses Service concerns me greatly.

I had hoped that the departure of Richard Granger might have changed the stance of Connecting for Health, but it appears not.

Choose and Book continues to be a disastrous system, which deserves to be scrapped and redesigned from scratch.

Unfortunately nobody seems brave enough to take responsibility for changing the direction of the programme. The money being wasted does not bear thinking about.

It was also a pity that Dr Braunold resorted to the usual cheap jibes about paper letters not being confidential or getting lost in the post, when Dr Thornton had clearly stated that his concerns were not based on Luddism.

Dr Mark McCartney, Pensilva, Cornwall

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