No surprise here. Was there ever a Government IT project that EITHER came in under budget OR worked, still less both?
In France, patients keep their own records in a folder and take them to the doctor or hospital when they visit. How hard is that? People care about their own health more than any doctor (and if they don't, well that's their problem). No I.T. costs. No "clinical risk" from computer errors - and no risk of confidential records being made available against the wishes of patients.
The only argument against is that it would provide no opportunities for corrupt patronage.
The Observer | UK News | Fears over faults in NHS patient records system