The government has upped its estimate of the cost of the Year 2000 problem to the National Health Service (NHS). The National Audit Office has found that correction of remedial code and testing will cost NHS Trusts and GP practices at least #230 million, compared to a Health Department estimate of #5.7 million in March this year. The NAO said that 15% of trusts "are not confident" that clinical equipment will function normally in 2000.
One in 10 trusts are "not confident" that their computer systems will make the grade. According to Sir John Bourn, head of the NAO, GPs are also likely to have difficulty achieving compliance. The government said no extra money will be made available for fixing the problem.
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