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EPS survey planned

28th January 2008

Pharmacies across England are to be surveyed on their opinions of the electronic prescription service (EPS), it has been announced.

The National Pharmacy Association is to work with the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee over the next two months to discover what those working with the scheme think.

Community pharmacies are to be telephoned and questioned about their experience and satisfaction with the scheme.

According to the two organisations, around three-quarters of England’s community pharmacies are technically enabled for EPS.

They plan to share the survey’s findings with the Department of Health.

When the electronic prescription service was first announced, the NHS planned to have it fully operational by the end of 2007 but acknowledged it presented an “enormous logistical challenge”.

“Once a majority of users are able to operate the transitional service, the need to use paper prescriptions will considerably reduce and the default position will become the issue of a digitally signed electronic prescription,” the department claimed in 2005.

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