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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Free software and the NHS

From: graham
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Free software and the NHS
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 14:51:03 +0100
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MJ Ray wrote:
Does anyone know/have a good summary of the status of free software
in the NHS, the health IT networks and purchasing systems?

Also, anyone know where open.egov.org.uk went?  "It works!" indeed.

Thanks in advance for any help,

I closed it a week ago when I realised that it was full of viagra spam, (on the discussion pages rather than the content pages). As no-one had written anything to it for a year or so but most of the content was clearly outdated I wasn't in a rush to put it back up. However as it clearly had some use or you wouldn't be complaining, I'll move it back up my priority list of things to do. Don't expect to find up-to-date info on the NHS though, unless someone volunteers to put it there!

Generally I got so dispirited by the Blair policies towards free software in public services (regardless of the hypocritical lip-service to the use of 'open source' which I didn't want to report as 'good news') in the last few years I lost a lot of enthusiasm for pushing the site. Added to which I was working in a NDPB where the MS lock-in was slowly being bolted down tight, and I assumed it was entirely typical...

Does anyone have a more optimistic point of view on the public services to kick-start me into revamping open.egov?


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