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17
May

Hunt - Paperless NHS to reduce blunders


Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says a £260m project to make the NHS all digital is aimed at reducing the number of paper blunders, with the development of electronic prescription and patient systems enabling medics across departments to access patient information quickly and easily.


Announcing the fund, Hunt said: "This fund will allow doctors and nurses to make the NHS safer by harnessing the very latest technology.

"In many places, right now, a paramedic picking up a frail elderly woman who has had a fall will not always know she has dementia, because he or she cannot access her notes - or a doctor is prescribing the wrong drugs because they don't know what drugs their patient is already on.

"If we are to improve patient safety then we must allow the NHS to have access to the best tools available and this fund will help them achieve that."

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