Tories link with Google on NHS

THE TORIES said yesterday they will make huge savings in the NHS by scrapping government plans for a central database of patient records, and replacing them with a more flexible system hosted by Google or Microsoft.<br /><br />Every patient will be able to update their records with information like blood pressure and cholesterol levels via personal computers, said shadow health minister Stephen O&rsquo;Brien.<br /><br />The current &pound;12bn NHS programme in England has been dogged by problems since its launch in 2002, and is five years behind schedule.