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LPCs reveal flu service IT plans

Seven areas have told C+D they intend to use existing IT solutions to deliver England's national service


Local Pharmaceutical Committeess (LPCs) are turning to the PharmOutcomes data tool in the absence of a national IT system for England’s flu scheme, due to launch this month.

NHS England said last month that it has "not been possible" to put in place a national electronic system to connect pharmacies and GP surgeries in time for this winter, and urged local health leaders to find their own IT solutions where possible.

Some contractors may have to “rely on a paper-based system of communication” with GP practices if no other option is available, it said at the time.

Seven LPCs told C+D last week that they hoped to reuse the PharmOutcomes data tool as a replacement because using paper for the service would be an “absolute nightmare”.

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