Prescriptions: ICT

Health written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) general practitioners and (b) doctors in other settings are (i) able to issue and (ii) regularly issuing electronic prescriptions.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

6,676 (79 per cent.) of general practitioner practices have had the software upgrades needed to operate the electronic prescription service (EPS), of which 5,433 (64.1 per cent.) have been confirmed by primary care trusts as able to issue electronic prescriptions. Currently, over 1.5 million electronic prescription messages are issued each week. The number of individual general practitioners and doctors in other settings that are able to and regularly use the EPS is not captured nationally.

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