A GPs' conference has criticised the Choose and Book system for the electronic booking of hospital appointments, part of the National Programme for IT in the NHS.
A motion at the conference of Local Medical Committees, part of the BMA, described Choose and Book, implemented by the government NHS IT agency Connecting for Health, as "a politically driven initiative" which "gave the illusion of meeting targets and reducing NHS deficits". But the conference stopped short of calling to have Choose and Book suspended.
Connecting for Health said this demonstrated clinicians were aware of the benefits of being able to book appointments electronically. It said 70% of hospitals now allowed GPs to refer to a named consultant through Choose and Book and denied the system was politically driven.
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