Practices urged to recognise unique NHS patient numbers

The NHS medical director has thanked six GP practices for collaborating with the NHS Number Programme, and called for others to follow.

Last September the National Patient Safety Agency said that the use of local numbering systems was endangering patients.

It called for all NHS bodies to instead use patients’ unique NHS number.

Now medical director Sir Bruce Keogh has written to 19 NHS organisations to thank them for co-operating with the team implementing the programme.

Sir Bruce wrote that the involvement of the organisations, which include six GP practices, ‘reflects precisely the strength and culture of the NHS – sharing knowledge, experience and best practice.

‘I would like to encourage other organisations who have not yet engaged to get involved as soon as possible,’ he added.

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