National Audit Office to look at IT care records

Connecting for Health should face further scrutiny from the National Audit Office (NAO), this time focused on the safety of its patient care record system, according to a Conservative MP.

The NAO is undertaking a general review of Connecting for Health, but Richard Bacon, MP for South Norfolk, has written to it and asked it to examine the use of the new care records system at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, which was obliged to file a 'serious untoward incident' report when the system went live.

'The system is being foisted on clinicians with no proper consultation. We are seeing reports that it is compromising patient safety,' said Mr Bacon.

A spokeswoman for NHS Connecting for Health said patient safety was never compromised, but that implementation of the system had inconvenienced patients and staff.

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