UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: NHS IT programme has been disastrously flawed from the start – Lamb

Press Release   •   Dec 07, 2009 12:01 GMT

“Labour has been in denial for years and this is a belated and partial recognition of the scale of their failure," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary.

Commenting on reports that the multi-billion-pound NHS IT programme is to be dramatically scaled back in the Pre-Budget Report, Norman Lamb said:

“This whole programme has been disastrously flawed from the start.

“It has held back the development of IT at a local level, cost billions and is running years behind schedule.

“Labour has been in denial for years and this is a belated and partial recognition of the scale of their failure.

“The truth is that the national programme should be abandoned in its entirety, subject to existing contractual obligations, and instead we should start building from the bottom.”