Labours’ only success- wasting taxpayers money

Health Direct is appalled at the expensive IT project that is the NPfIT white elephant- and the money that is being wasted in our names.

On Jan 5th 2010 in the House of Lords Lord Warner (Labour) asked how many (a) acute trusts, (b) mental health trusts, (c) general practitioners, and (d) community services, are using an electronic summary patient record under the NHS National Programme for IT.

Baroness Thornton (Baronesses in Waiting, HM Household; Labour) replied:
As at 16 December 2009, two acute trusts, one mental health trust, 152 general practitioner practices, and additionally three out of hours providers and two walk in centres were using electronic summary care records delivered under the national programme for information technology. No community trusts were doing so.

What a waste of taxpayers money- a grand total of 160 health organisations were using the £12 billion scheme.;=speaker%3A12896#g64.4
Hansard source (Citation: HC Deb, 5 January 2010, c64W)

According to Wikipedia, Dorothea Glenys Thornton, Baroness Thornton (born 16 October 1952), known as Glenys Thornton, is a Labour and Co-operative member of the House of Lords.

A graduate of the London School of Economics, Thornton was Political Secretary of the Royal Arsenal Co-operative Society from 1981, joining the public affairs team of the Co-operative Wholesale Society upon their merger in 1985 and working there until 1992. 

She was General Secretary of the Fabian Society from 1993 to 1996. In 1998 she was made a Life peer as Baroness Thornton, of Manningham in the County of West Yorkshire by Tony Bliar. She chaired the Social Enterprise Coalition until January 2008, when she was appointed a junior minister of the House of Lords.

She lives in Belsize Park, London, and is married to internet safety expert John Carr. They have two children, George and Ruby.

Baroness Thornton is no stranger to wasting taxpayers money:
She was reported to be claiming £22,000 a year in expenses by saying that her mother’s bungalow in Yorkshire is her main home, amounting to around £130,000 since 2002.

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