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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Parliamentary Questions on Choose & Book & GP involvement in NPfIT

House of Commons Hansard Debates for 18 Jan 2005 (pt 4)

Yesterday in the house of commons questions were asked about delays in Choose & Book, the security and confidentiality of electronic health records and the engagement of front line clinicians in the process (especially GPs & EMIS).

Further information can be obtained from the National Audit Office report Patient Choice at the Point of GP Referral, which is reported in the Guardian as NHS e-booking plan runs into trouble which suggests:
"GPs in practices which were supposed to be fully plugged-in to the network were expected to make online appointments for 205,000 patients by the end of last month. They managed only 63. There was also slippage in NHS hospitals, with only seven early implementers using the system instead of 22 as planned."

The BBC has a story in a similar vein
NHS choice target 'may be missed', perhaps the questions which should be asked are about why GPs do not seem enthusiastic for the Choose & Book system and whether the savings predicted to come from implementation are realistic. Perhaps there are lessons to be learnt from the (slower & more possibly more carefull thought out) Scottish experience with Electronic Clinical Communications Implementation


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