Wales backs online appointments

Patients in Wales will be able to book appointments with their GP, request repeat prescriptions and access their medical records online, the government has announced.

It is to invest £1.7 million into the project although it cannot give any indication about when the online service might be accessible.

Bilingual My Health Online will include advice and information to help patients manage health conditions and will link to the existing NHS Direct Wales website.

Dr Richard Lewis, Welsh secretary of the BMA, said: 'Any development that improves efficiency and gives better access to information will be welcomed by doctors. But we must ensure that these systems are secure and retain the confidence of the public.'

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