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GP managers back decision to computerise NHS medical records

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Research has found that two thirds of GP practice managers are in favour of the Government’s decision to computerise NHS medical records.

According to a poll by Management in Practice magazine and website, managers support the multi-billion pound IT upgrade, despite recent criticism over rising costs and reports suggesting a lack of enthusiasm among doctors for the technology.

The new system will connect more than 30,000 GPs to nearly 300 hospitals through the Choose and Book online appointments system, centralise medical records for 50 million patients and enhance access to e-prescriptions.

Figures show 66% of 435 managers and directors said the new electronic records system would benefit patients, 2% said it would not benefit patients and the rest were unsure or did not believe it would make any difference.

When asked about the Choose and Book feature 54% said not using the system would disadvantage patients, but 23% were still undecided on the benefits of the system.

However, Dr Gillian Braunold, clinical director for the Summary Care Record at NHS Connecting for Health, which is overseeing the IT upgrade, said she was `delighted by the positive reaction` in the poll.

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