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XP was one of the better Windows OS in its day. But that day has passed.
Good to know this was caused by The tory government blocking plans to
upgrade the NHS system to save money. Nothing new there.
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A sensible person waits until the OS is mature - had any bugs sorted. I
take it you're not sensible?
But you'd support a government telling the NHS IT experts how to run their
department? After all, just interfering with doctors, etc, isn't enough.
Lets just say that I'm *very* well aware how NHS IT always clings to
out-of-date systems until someone puts a bomb under them and actually
lights the fuse.
No, it's just always worth getting a reply in when you're on your
Can you point to the evidence that the government did that - and that
Trusts were unable to use their own very wide powers to JDI?
And what do you mean by "the NHS system"? You do know that New Labour's
plans for a big system, crashed and burned at a cost of £10 billion plus?
There's a plethora of systems and configurations in Trusts. How else do
you explain the fact that some Trusts use XP and some don't?
AIUI the central government deal for updates to XP across the whole
public sector was in 2004 and ended in 2005.
Note that did not stop Trusts doing their own deal with MS if they
wanted to do so and judged it VFM.
Oh, and central government never promised to carry on paying for the
updates. On the contrary, they made clear in 2014 it was a one-off. So
you seem to have couched a new meaning of the word "cut": "not paying
again that was only ever paid for once, and then on the basis that it
would not be paid for again".
AIUI not the internet - the hospital's network: eg if the MRI scanner
only works on XP then you need that XP machine networked in order for
the scans to be viewed by radiologists, surgeons et al without delay.
Though after this week it may be that will have to be done with an air
break (or virtual air break?) and some delay accepted.
When I was in hospital the other week the pharmacist said 'your GP is
running old world software that I cant access to find out what drugs you
are on: I will have to get them to fax it to me.
Normally, they use the internet. This is kinda handy to stop the utterly
WRONG drug being prescribed.
Later on one of the doctors at the surgery phoned me 'the new drugs the
hospital have prescribed are showing up red alert with the drugs you are
on already, in the national drug database'
Fortunately I assured him they were replacements, not additions, but the
paper letter from the hospital hadn't yet been scanned into my notes.
Medical data needs to be online so that you can access it wherever you
are being treated.
Accessing it *securely* is the challenge.
As to why XP is still in use, its simply that old kit uses old software
to run on. X ray, cat and MRI Scanners, and patient databases and the
like are an investment: You would be the first to yell at cost overruns
if they had to scrap half the hospital equipment simply because it only
ran on XP shared file servers.
Remember that nuclear power station that was running on a PDP-11?
Or the firm I visited where the business software ran on a 21 year old
IBM system 38.."we are going to put it all on this PC running AIX"
Running Legacy software is good use of funds. What should have been done
is that the hospitals should have held Microsoft ransom for 20+year
support. The reality is that Microsoft holds everyone else ransom and
then abandons them.
Because the X-ray machines don't have drivers for linux. Because patient
records are not held on industrial strength oracle or Mysql servers, nor
even on MS SQL servers, but on flat files on networked drives, because
the c*nts who wrote them were very good at hospital stuff but knew fuck
all about databases.
Because you can sell XP but you cant sell Linux. so no one makes money
out of it.