NAO: Upgrade of NHS two years behind schedule
New report to slam the £20bn project
Public sector watchdog, the National Audit Office is expected to say the
government’s £20bn investment in new IT systems for the NHS is two years behind
Furthermore, the NAO is expected to call for ministers to work harder to
involve doctors in developing it or risk turning it into a white elephant,
The Guardian reported.
Lord Warner, the health minister, said the government would set up a
taskforce of doctors to work out how the scheme can develop quickly into a
national information network that could save lives.
‘We cannot carry on with the cumbersome, outdated and I would say sometimes
dangerous paper-based system. It’s critical we make the transition to electronic
records – the sooner the better for patients and doctors alike,’ he said.