On16th January 2013, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, expressed his view that the NHS should be paperless by 2018. Such a move, Mr Hunt argued, could save the NHS £billions.

This ambition by Government to save money by reducing paper - and making services more efficient as a result - is a theme that has been embraced by several administrations.

The previous Government tried to transform the NHS through IT. “Connecting for Health” was surrounded by controversy. Many critics claimed that it failed to deliver real clinical benefits. It also became a poster-child for Government IT projects that have been unsuccessful and wasteful of public money.