DoH introduces information scrips for patients

The DoH is introducing measures to enable patients, service users and their carers to have access to better quality, personalised and reliable information about their health and social care.

Ann Keen
Ann Keen

The measures are part of a drive to ensure people have access to quality information that will enable them to make informed choices about their overall care.

Patients and health and social care professionals will be able to access quality information through NHS Choices which currently details 13 long-term conditions (asthma, bowel cancer, CKD, COPD, coronary heart disease, depression, dementia, diabetes, heart failure, osteoarthritis, prostate cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and stroke). Detail on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, lung cancer, cervical cancer and epilepsy will be added this month.

Health minister Ann Keen said: ‘People have always been able to have information but both the quality and quantity can vary greatly. These measures are designed to ensure that people have consistent and reliable information that allows them to be in control of their care and manage their condition better.’

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