Hospitals must improve discharge information to practices

The NHS Alliance has challenged the DoH to force hospitals to improve their discharge information to practices.

The challenge follows the publication of what is believed to be the largest survey of discharge information to over 650 GP practices that revealed ‘an institutionalised contempt for primary care.’

Late, inaccurate and incomplete discharge information is compromising clinical care, the NHS Alliance survey revealed.

The alliance has called for Payment by Results to be dependent on full, timely and accurate discharge information being sent.

The alliance also called on the DoH to ensure that the ‘prompt provision of all essential discharge information is required through commissioning contracts’.

Birmingham GP Dr Vijay Bathla, professional executive committee chairman of Heart of Birmingham PCT, said: ‘Hospitals should be forced to comply with a set of minimum standards.’

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