Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Plans to give all 50m NHS patients in England a full electronic medical record are running at least two to two-and-a-half years late, Lord Warner, the health minister who oversees the project, has confirmed.

He also admitted that the full cost of the programme was likely to be nearer £20bn than the widely quoted figure of £6.2bn.
What's particularly noteworthy is Lord Warner's insistence that the project is still on budget. He says the £20bn figure merely reflects the full expense of the new system. Oh I see. That's alright then. It's not like we expected them to tell us the full expense from the start. I mean, why would they?

Perhaps someone ought to ask the government whether the government's £5.8bn figure for the cost of the ID card and national database travesty reflects the full expense of that scheme.

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