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Initiative Set to Cut Paperwork for NHS Staff

Magazine article Public Finance

Initiative Set to Cut Paperwork for NHS Staff

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The Cabinet Office is to reform NHS information-sharing rules to give staff more time for patient care and treatment.

Officials at the Better Regulation Executive have joined forces with the Department of Health to reduce the duplication of NHS patient records by recommending ways that staff, such as GPs, can share information.

Cabinet Office minister Jim Murphy said the aim was to clarify rules on patient data-sharing that have often confused NHS staff, and reduce the number of regulations applied to the health sector. 'We're enabling [staff] to focus on the invaluable work of treating patients,' he said.

He added that the initiative would not weaken patient confidentiality.

In particular, the two departments have received assurances that the Law Society, Association of British Insurers and Association of Personal Injury Lawyers will work 'to reduce the number of requests for patient records in support of personal injury claims below £10,000' the Cabinet Office said. …

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