The £12.7bn national IT programme is a 'hopelessly flawed, centrally imposed project that has not been properly thought through from the start and was never subjected to a proper cost benefit analysis,' Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary Norman Lamb has said.

He was responding to reports that the NHS is facing a £700m legal action from Fujitsu over a failed IT project.

He says the government needs to "face up to reality and undertake a thorough review of this project, while immediately halting any uncommitted spending".

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