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Thursday 19th April 2018

Action needed on NHS Number

24th March 2009

Questions regarding the use of the NHS number were put to NHS Connecting for Health at the Royal College of Radiologists PACS and Teleradiology group meeting in London.

Connecting for Health were asked why the number could not be used as the first way of identifying patients in England, as it is already with the CHI number in Scotland. Colin Innes from NHS Connecting for Health said: “We are not planning to do the same in England. [If you had told trusts] ‘You will stop using the local identifier in 18 months’ I don’t think the IT solutions could achieve it and I don’t think we could get support.”

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