THE BRITISH Tories have said that they will hand over shedloads of government IT contracts to pals at Microsoft and Google.
Apparently this is to reverse the trend of government contracts going to Labour Party friendly outsourcers who produce nothing but cost overruns for IT systems that don't work.
It is seems that Tory leader David Cameron has been on the blower to the Vole and Google and they think that they can sort out every computer problem the government has, for a price.
It has been known for some time that the Conservatives have a special relationship with Google, which has been telling them that a public owned patient records database would be very expensive.
Instead, Google claims, it would be better to shove the whole lot on a database which already exists such as Microsoft Healthvault or Google Health.
Cameron adds that patients will have the choice of storing their records with private companies, although the Telegraph has not been able to find out what will happen to records for patients who do not consent.
There are some suspicions about what Google will do with health care records and we guess the government would have to nail it down to a very strict privacy contract.
Google and the Vole have been telling Cameron that the country would save half of the £1.65 billion it spends on IT annually if their paws were on the tiller. Obviously they donate money to the Tory party so they must be right.
Still something has to be done with the "National Programme for IT", one of the biggest computer contracts in the world, which is designed to link more than 30,000 doctors with nearly 300 hospitals.
So far Parliament's public accounts committee has warned that if the scheme was not showing signs of moving forward by July, hospitals should have to ditch it. It is currently costing taxpayers an estimated £12.7 billion.
Still, it is a bit spooky that the established method of gaining lucrative government contracts will officially and publicly be based on private assurances to political parties from a company's marketing department. µ
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