Healthcare Today (http://www.healthcare-today.co.uk) reports that the NHS Information Centre is set to have a national role in integrating health and social care data in a move that will see the two data sets joined up for the first time to aid integrated commissioning under the NHS Commissioning Board’s final information operating model.
The site also reports on dementia diagnosis:
A report by MPs and members of the House of Lords has found "barriers" to dementia diagnosis which result in "shocking delays".
The report, by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia, revealed that some patients had waited for over a year to get an appointment at a memory clinic.
The BBC reports this week that the deaths of 25 patients are under review by one of the UK's biggest NHS trusts, after it admitted "poor record keeping".
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