Errkal wrote:Yeah IT is way underfunded, and wages are pitifully low making it very hard to keep real skill in IT teams, so you get the spanners that can't do the most basic of things because there is no one else to hire as anyone worth having leaves.
The constant "money for front line services" needs to change, nurses doctors etc are important but more money is needed for the infrastructure that makes it all work!
I agree, it's like training a load of marines then giving them flintlocks and horses. It's obviously very difficult though to spin investment in infrastructure when people are waiting in corridors in A&E. And there is a crisis in staffing in the NHS, so who will use these ultra-safe machines to treat the patients? The contingency plans for yesterday were to use pens and paper. There are no contingency plans for having no doctors and nurses!
The answer to both problems is simple: more money, because both things are needed. Not ministers chiding the NHS and preaching about "learning lessons" while they systematically underfund the service to levels that are unsafe for both patients and data.
Lagamorph wrote:When I worked for the NHS (Going back to 2009) there were plenty of critical apps in use by Hospitals and GP surgeries that were 16-bit DOS applications.
Most of the infrastructure for the trust I worked for was Windows XP and Server 2000.
I don't know about all
the computer systems in an NHS trust because I'm not an IT worker like most of you guys are. Pretty much everywhere I go has Windows 7 in the clinical rooms now. However, if you've got an MRI scanner that only runs on XP, you don't really have a choice about using XP. You can't not use the kit, and you can't not network it...