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Brown calls for electronic scripts

15th May 2007

The chancellor Gordon Brown has said that more electronic prescriptions should be issued in the NHS.


The chancellor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on Saturday that he thought there should be “more electronic prescriptions so people can get their prescriptions more easily.? The chancellor was speaking before he visited the Sunlight Community Centre in Gillingham, Kent.

In addition to calling for electronic prescriptions, he said there should be more walk-in centres and improved out-of-hours access to GPs.

As part of his campaign for the leadership of the Labour Party, Brown promised to make improving the NHS an "immediate priority." He said that making improvements to the access of healthcare services outside 9-5 hours would be "serving the needs of the people."

The British Medical Association has stated that it is concerned about the idea of primary care trusts seeking to provide increased out-of-hours care from more GPs or walk-in centres.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee stated: "I will be writing to Gordon Brown about his reported statements on access to general practice. I will be reminding him of the reasons his government agreed the new contract. It was to address the severe workforce shortage and low morale among GPs."

“There would have to be a significant increase in the number of GPs, practice nurses, and all the other practice staff, to cover longer opening times, along with all the back-up diagnostic services needed to make general practice work efficiently."



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Article Information

Title: Brown calls for electronic scripts
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2845
Date Added: 15th May 2007



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