Published: 03/11/2005 Volume 115 No. 5980 Page 3

Smart and not-so-smart

NHS Connecting for Health is revising its smartcard terms, according to e-healthinsider. com, after current ones were found to include an agreement to use only NHS equipment, despite the fact many GPs use some equipment owned by their practice rather than by the NHS.

Meanwhile, junior doctors should benefit from the extension of a UK-wide scheme providing them with a smartcard to show their fitness to work.

The card includes General Medical Council number, health, criminal record status and a photograph.

Computer Weekly said that previously, junior doctors had to repeat blood and immunisation tests each time they moved to a new trust.

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Whittington chooses and books

London's Whittington Hospital trust said it had just under 90 per cent of its specialties using NHS Connecting for Health's choose and book system by the end of August, and expected that all would be live by October, as HSJ Intelligence went to press.

The trust, which as an early adopter started implementing choose and book in July 2004, has linked it to McKesson's TotalCare patient administration system, and will switch it to the local service provider's equivalent over time.

Lib Dems seek online feedback Steve Webb, the Liberal Democrat shadow health secretary, has launched a website asking for feedback on the NHS.

Mr Webb said he receives many letters from patients and professionals complaining about the health service.

The site will collect comments and provide information on topics of interest, although Mr Webb said 'we promise not to reveal our sources'.


NHS Wales redesigns IT website

Informing Healthcare, the IT programme for NHS Wales, has redesigned its website to focus on specific groups: healthcare staff, voluntary and social care workers, and patients and carers.

The site, redesigned by IconZest, aims to demonstrate the programme's benefits through material including case studies.

www. wales. nhs. uk/ihc