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NHS Shared Business Services

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 12:00 am, 27th February 2017

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. This is a very big part of our transformation plans for the NHS. Where the NHS does well internationally is in out-of-hospital records; our GP records are among the best of any country’s. GPs have done a fantastic job over the past 15 years in keeping all their records electronically, and they provide a lifetime snapshot of a patient’s history. Where we are less good is in our hospital records, where one can still find paper records in widespread use. That is not just very, very expensive but—he is quite right—unsafe at times.