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'Information prescription' launch

28th March 2007

GPs are to prescribe information to their patients as part of a new scheme.

The new ‘information prescriptions’ will be aimed particularly at those with long-term conditions or social care needs. The aim is to empower patients so they feel better able to manage their illness and maintain their independence, and reduce demand on NHS services.

The information will be tailored to each patient and include contact points at both local and national level for helplines, websites and support groups. Conditions to be targeted include everything from mental health and cancer to Asperger’s syndrome.

The scheme has been launched by health secretary Patricia Hewitt on the eve of a Citizens Summit in response to the public consultation on the Our health, Our Care, Our Say White Paper.

A series of pilots are now underway and the scheme is due to be rolled out nationwide in 2008.

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