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Medical scrawl to be stamped out in Wales

5th February 2009

A new initiative which will see doctors and nurses in Wales having to use stamps as well as their signature is being introduced in Wales in a bid to combat illegible scrawled signatures on patient notes.

With some signatures not legible, rubber stamps - likely to include the staff member's name and General Medical Council number - are being introduced to ensure those who fill in patient records can be more easily identified. The BMA said legible handwriting was a patient safety issue and that a move towards computerised communication was needed.

 

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