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Central Records System

Volume 403: debated on Tuesday 8 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the anticipated (a) benefits and (b) cost savings are of the proposed central records system in the NHS; and if he will make a statement. [108027]

The creation of the integrated care record service (ICRS) is a core infrastructure element of the Government's modernisation programme for the national health service. Its primary focus is to enable the delivery of responsive care tailored to the needs of citizens and patients as described in the NHS Plan rather than specific cost savings.