The National Health Service’s failure to prepare for the year 2000 will cause a crisis of mammoth proportions, a leading software specialist has warned.
Prove It 2000’s survey of the UK’s public healthcare system revealed more than a third of NHS trusts, hospitals and general practitioner surgeries have spent nothing to ensure their systems are millennium-ready.
Just 24% of NHS administration systems are millennium-compliant. Over 53% of those surveyed said the date change will have a devastating effect on systems, but more than half of all year-2000 budgets have not been approved.
‘The findings contradict the government’s assurance of the public sector’s readiness for 2000. The thought that system-critical equipment such as operating theatres has not been tested chills me to the bone,’ said Richard Coppel, chief executive of Prove It 2000.
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