Prof Smith, an expert in both computing and health issues, said his detailed study of the effects of problem on the health service showed the Government was either being "astonishingly complacent" or "showing a total misunderstanding" of it.
"The NHS has tried hard to come to terms with the year 2000 problem, but the size and scope of it so massive that it needs vast resourcing to deal with it effectively," said Prof Smith. "The NHS does not have the know-how or the resources to deal with the problem alone. The results of this situation could well be disastrous for many families up and down the country."Reuse content