Electronic prescribing 'to cut errors'
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'Frustration' over electronic prescribing delay in Wales

The NHS in Wales must speed up plans to introduce an electronic system for prescribing drugs, a Wales Audit Office report has said.

It said a detailed, time-bound plan for implementation should be outlined as the move could improve safety and efficiency.

A plan for the system has been in place since 2007 but prescribing is still paper-based in Welsh hospitals.

The scheme must be in place by 2023, but the WAO wants it brought in sooner.

WAO director David Thomas said NHS staff were also frustrated at the delay.

  • 15 Dec 2016