Fiona Barr looks at the figures and the reasons behind the slippage of targets for Choose and Book referrals.
Scottish GPs should be sending 90% of referrals electronically by the end of March next year, according to new guidance on preparation for a single record. The target is just one of the areas covered in the letter from the Scottish Executive which is designed to mitigate the risks of planning blight before a new […]
The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is receiving over 2,600 electronic referrals a month using software that slots into Microsoft Word and replaces the print button, according to manufacturers Medisec. The e-referral system links 33 surgeries in northwest England and Wales to the hospital. GPs send the referrals to the hospital using a ‘Send […]
Constant changes in the requirements for Choose and Book by the Department of Health and lack of clarity on the boundaries of patient choice have created delays in implementation and are increasing the risk of a "sub-optimal" electronic booking system being delivered. This was the tough message delivered to NHS senior managers at the NHS […]
Primary care trusts (PCTs) will fail to persuade GPs to use Choose and Book unless the system is overhauled, according to GP representatives. In the meantime, PCTs look likely to direct most of the work via Booking Management Services (BMS) with only GP enthusiasts booking appointments themselves. Dr Paul Cundy, chair of the BMA’s General […]