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Calls to Give Social Care E-Records Greater Priority

15 July 2003

Computer Weekly magazine reports today on concerns that a key element of the Government's IT modernisation plans for the NHS may be hampering progress towards implementing a national electronic records system for local authority social services.

David Johnstone, Chairman of the Association of Director of Social Services' research, warns that without joint working to develop a unified system, the Integrated Care Records Services project, currently under development as part of the NHS National IT Programme, could create difficulties for councils.

Speaking in an interview, Mr Johnstone, who is also Director of Social Services at Devon County Council, comments: "The national IT strategy for health could potentially be really good because it would begin to join up NHS systems and provide an interface for local authorities, but there are risks,"

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