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GPs shunning 'paperless' ideal

Almost all GPs in Scotland use their practice computers but only 3 per cent of surgeries are truly 'paperless', research by the RCGP has found.

The survey of 654 practices found 94 per cent of Scottish GPs make use of their computers, with prescribing and chronic disease management the main reasons for IT use.

Three-quarters of GPs were satisfied with support from their IT supplier and two-thirds were happy with backing from their health board.

But almost two-thirds of GPs reported their NHS Net link was unreliable.

The glitches in the network were revealed when the researchers sent their questionnaire electronically and most GPs did not receive it.

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