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NHS: Information Services

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what checks his Department and NHS trusts carry out on literature displayed in general practice waiting rooms and hospital out-patient departments to make sure that such literature contains only sound, evidence based information. (160745)

Assuring the quality of information on display is the responsibility of local national health service organisations.

For information on the internet, the Department has developed NHS Choices as the primary health and social care information portal for the NHS. This information service contains evidence-based information on clinical conditions and treatments, drawn from sources such as NHS Direct and the National Electronic Library for Health.

Departmental officials have been working with patient groups to consider options for an Information Accreditation Scheme which would ‘kitemark’ organisations that produce health and social care information, in order to reassure people that the information they use comes from a reliable source.