James Cleverly highlights failure of previous Governments' efforts to digitise NHS records

Speaking in the House of Commons, 27 February 2017James Cleverly highlights failure of previous Government’ efforts to digitise health records which has led to problems with storage of paper records.

James Cleverly (Braintree) (Con)

Does my right hon. Friend agree that had the then Labour Government not made such a catastrophe of implementing the NHS computer system, such records would have been digitised many years ago and problems with storage of paper records would not have impacted on the patients who are currently suffering?

Mr Hunt

My hon. Friend speaks wisely. Many members of the public will be faintly amused to hear Labour Members say how important it is that we move to electronic health records. The NHS IT project was an absolute catastrophe, costing billions of pounds. The intention was right but the delivery was wrong, and that is what we are trying to sort out.

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