(Please see UPDATE at end)
Contractor Fujitsu-Siemens has, probably justifiably, walked away from the NHS e-record contract; to coin a phrase, the 'spine' has not landed. Rather, it has crashed. [Geddit?!]
Is anybody surprised? Quite apart from my lack of surprise, I can't say I'm disappointed either. Centralised databases don't have a particularly high acceptability rating in Bill's estimation.
(*) UPDATE: (Thursday 29MAY08 09.47 BST) A commenter has pointed out this is not 'the spine', so the title of this post is inaccurate, if 'catchy'. I noticed the term wasn't used in the linked report and wondered why that was, but I assumed it had to be part of the same thing; obviously I was wrong.