NHS officials have told doctors' surgeries in Wales that plans to deliver new computer software handling prescriptions and medical records have been scrapped.

A contract to deliver an IT system by Cornish firm Microtest, which was to improve prescribing methods and medical record keeping, has been terminated.

The NHS said Microtest could not meet the required timescale to deliver the project. The company said it would now be focusing on other "existing and new" business opportunities.

Microtest was awarded the contract in 2018 to deliver and implement the new records systems, beginning last January, but NHS Wales Informatics Service has told GPs the new system will not be rolled out and that, through "mutual agreement", the contract has been terminated.

According to the NHS, the company received £40,000 in start-up costs for the project but no other payments.

An NHS official said the decision was disappointing but was "the best course of action for Welsh GPs, practice staff and the patients that they care for".

British Medical Association (BMA) General Practitioners Committee (GPC) Chair Dr Phil White, who represents family doctors in Wales, said he welcomed the decision. He said: "We remain committed to engaging with the consultation process to ensure that the views of the profession are represented and that clinical IT systems are not only fit for purpose but will improve and support the working practices of GPs in Wales".

A Welsh Government spokesman said GPs will continue to use their current clinical computer systems while the next step is considered.

Last reviewed 29 October 2019