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Further to the articles about Dr Francesca Lasman who resigned as IT lead (March 5), her suggestions regarding a 'five-step system' seem eminently sensible, but who in the Department of Health is listening?

I, and my professional colleagues, would be more inclined to view this sort of C&B IT favourably if we had the quid pro quo luxury of a legible, computer-generated hospital discharge summary. Our secondary trust is still generating illegible, incomplete, handwritten, third-sheet, carbon-copied 'flimsies' with prescribing information that has not infrequently to be challenged and clarified.

Nothing has changed in my 26 years of practice.

Maybe we should make more of a fuss of hospital discharges rather than referrals, but that wouldn't be much of a vote-gatherer, would it?

Dr Andy Macdonald-Brown

Tunbridge Wells


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