§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the computerisation of the integrated personnel systems and patient administration systems in the North-Western regional health authority; on whose initiative this was carried out; what role the regional general manager played in its implementation; and what assessment has been made of its cost-effectiveness and efficiency.
§ Mr. Whitney
The acquisition of computer systems is a matter for individual health authorities, to whom their general managers are accountable, to decide.
An audit report on North-Western regional health authority which examined a number of issues is now being considered by the Department in the light of formal comments submitted by the authority.