What a Conservative government would mean for everything from ID cards to the National Programme for IT With opinion polls showing the Conservatives as favourites to win the next general election, silicon.com takes a look at which Labour IT projects could survive under a Tory government. From the controversial £5.4bn ID cards project to the £12.7bn National Programme for IT overhaul of healthcare tech – we examine which projects are likely to get the chop, how much could be saved by ditching them and how the IT landscape would differ under a Conservative government. The projects The National Programme for IT Chance of survival: Low, likely to be subject to significant changes under the Tories. The £12.7bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT) spans 10 projects, ranging from the creation of a nationwide NHS broadband network to the development of a single electronic medical record for each NHS patient. The ambitious project will replace around 5,000 individual computer systems used by the NHS with a nationwide infrastructure connecting the more than 100,000 doctors, 380,000 nurses and 50,000 other health professionals that work in the health service. Some projects have been completed and are now operational, such as the Picture Archiving and… Read full this story
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