HC Deb 21 June 2004 vol 422 cc1283-4W
Mrs. Iris Robinson

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of diabetes sufferers received annual retinal screening in the latest year for which figures are available. [179111]

Electronic prescribing will be a service provided as part of the NHS care records service (CRS) that is being implemented through the NPflT. Decision support systems that include functionality to warn clinicians of possible contra-indications when prescribing are already in use in many parts of the NHS, but will be provided to all prescribing clinicians through the NHS CRS.

NHS pharmacists also use their professional expertise to warn patients and their fellow clinicians of possible contraindications when dispensing drugs and medicines. The introduction of electronic prescribing within the NPflT will not change this important role.

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