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Unnecessary acronyms in NHS wasting public money, says pressure group

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A pressure group has called for the abolition of the ‘NHS’ name in a bid to crack down on unnecessary acronyms in health care, Nursing Times has learned.

No More Acronyms in the NHS (NORMANS) said the acronym ‘NHS’ was no longer ‘in keeping with its vision of a 21st century health service.’

The organisation instead called for the NHS to be simply called the ‘health service’ and listed examples of other acronyms that should be banned.

Other prohibited terms include the DH (Department of Health), PBC (Practice-Based Commissioning), PREPP (Post-Registration Education and Preparation for Practice), COMA (Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy,  EDIFACT (Electronic Data Interchange For Administration, Commerce and Transport) and POISE (Protection of Information Systems Effectively).

Charlotte Thomas, chief executive of NORMANS, said: ‘NORMANS is calling on the government to set a target of a 100% reduction of acronyms in the NHS by 2011.

‘Acronyms are like a disease spreading throughout the health service, preventing effective communication between staff – even the name NHS should be banned because it is no longer in keeping with our vision of a 21st century health service.

‘All acronyms should be eradicated from the NHS – which I shall hereafter refer to as the ‘health service’ – by 2011.

‘We estimate that acronyms are wasting £93.27 of taxpayers’ money every hour because of the added bureaucracy they create. It is time to rid the “health service” of this menace once and for all.’

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