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Y2K bug re-emerges to plague NHS

Humans pick error up
Fri Sep 14 2001, 10:58
THE UK NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE is likely to face claims that could amount to billions after the Year 2000 bug caused incorrect results for for Down's Syndrome tests for 154 women.

A report issued by the NHS yesterday said that a failure in software to register the year 2000 properly at a number of hospitals in the North of England and the East Midlands, meant that incorrect readings were caused for a full five months last year.

The failure was related to Path Lan software run in nine hospitals, according to the Guardian newspaper, and was only discovered after medical staff realised there were inconsistencies in the type of people being referred for further tests.

Legal action against the NHS is bound to follow, experts believe. µ


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