Patient safety ‘at risk’ due to NHS IT delays

Patient safety is being put at risk by continuing delays to the implementation of the NHS IT modernisation system, senior NHS staff have warned.

The NHS IT programme is expected to cost over £12 billion and includes a nationally accessible summary of patients’ records.

Senior managers and clinicians in a range of financial, IT and clinical roles interviewed about the system unreservedly supported the goals of the project but said they had a number of concerns.

They were questioned 18 months apart to compare progress and see how views had changed.

The results, published in the British Medical Journal, showed that financial deficits were a concern in the first round of interviews and were even more acute in the latter stage.

Fears were also raised that managers could not focus on implementing the system because of competing financial priorities.

Patient safety ‘at risk’ due to NHS IT delays

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