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Inquiry call for IT

12th October 2006

Leading scientists have called for an inquiry into the NHS' much-maligned £12 billion IT upgrade. In an open letter to the commons health select committee, the scientists, which included Martyn Thomas, visiting professor of software engineering at Oxford University and Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University, cast doubt over whether it will work adequately, despite being the largest civilian IT project in the world.

The project has been hit by a number of problems and delays and is currently running two years behind. Hospitals across the country already using parts of the programme have been hit by failures to the system. In just four months, there were ten reported major concerns with the new technology.

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