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Friday, December 17, 2004

NHS 'unprepared' for information changes, says report

A report today (17 December) in Guardian Unlimited (,11032,1375382,00.html) says that 'nearly a quarter of NHS communication officers are unprepared for the Freedom of Information Act'. The research reports that, of the communications officers responding:
  • 24% said they were definitely not prepared for the statutory changes;
  • 25% were worried that their records management system would be unable to meet the demands of the act (this includes a 20-day deadline in meeting any requests for information under the act); and
  • a quarter thought the record systems in their trust or health authority would fail to meet the requirements of the act.

It should be noted that the findings were based on responses from only 59 NHS communication officers, but does paint a worrying picture.


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