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DH announces electronic prescription rollout plans

The rollout of phase two of the Electronic Prescription Service in England will begin this summer, the Department of Health has announced.

Phil Hope, minister of state for care services, told Parliament that the rollout will occur in two waves in five PCTs – Berkshire East, Leicestershire County and Rutland, Liverpool, Southwark and Sunderland – in the first wave.

Mr Hope said: ‘The outcomes of the initial implementation stage will be used to finalise plans for wider rollout of Release 2 across the country.'

Based on the latest estimates, six GP systems are expected to complete the Connecting for Health assurance process in the next 12 months, Mr Hope added.

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