Scotland Archived News: 2004

Scottish NHS IT reform spend inefficient, says Microsoft See e-Health Insider report

The Registrar General for Scotland is already seeking views on proposals for the 2011 Census - We need help from people who complete Census forms, and from people who use the Census data, to make sure that we ask the right questions in a way that is easy to answer. See the Consultation

September 8th 2004: NHS Scotland begins national EPR procurement.
See eHealth Insider at

September 8th 2004: New Scottish Framework for Mandatory Induction Training in Healthcare Associated Infection

18th August 2004 : eHealth in Practice Steering Group Minutes
Read what is happening in Scotland at

12th August 2004 : Welcome to the Scottish Association for Mental Health web site.
SAMH operates a range of services across Scotland for people with mental health problems. It also strives to influence public policy as it affects people with mental health problems. See

3rd August 2004 : A report
published on 2nd July by the Parliament's Audit Committee has questioned whether the Scottish Executive's Health Department will be able to determine if new NHS staff contracts in Scotland are leading to improved patient services. See

3rd August 2004 : Patient Power - the impact of patient choice on the future NHS Patient
Choice is here to stay - it is a reality of the modern world, a central plank of both Labour and Conservative health policy and has great potential to improve health and healthcare. But what might health services look like in 2010 when patients feel in control of their care and the concept of 'choice' is embedded in NHS culture? See:

10th June 2004 : BMA News - How Scotland's Doctors are leading developments to improve care for patients


10th June 2004: The integrated Operating Room of the Future?..
minimally invasive operating room of the future, in which all operating room equipment, lasers, operating tables, room lighting and operating lights, digital documentation, data storage and teleconferencing technology are centrally controlled, either outside or within the sterile area as desired. See OR 1 at

This operating room has now been installed in Scotland at The Royal Hospital for Sick Children Edinburgh - funded by the Sick Kids Friends Foundation. See

3rd June 2004 : Regulation Of Health Care Support Staff and Social Care Support Staff in Scotland
A Consultation document. See:

3rd June 2004 : MPs told Wales, Scotland and NI passed on NPfIT
See eHealth Insider

14th May 2004: Scottish GPs say GPASS is failing doctors
GPs in Scotland have warned the Scottish Executive that the official Scotland-wide IT system for general practice, GPASS, is failing doctors. See

5th May 2004 : Consultation on Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation

Views invited on proposals for new legislation in Scotland on organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Deadline: 11/06/2004.

15th April 2004 : Scottish Executive's Centre for Change & Innovation:

We have been set up to provide NHS staff with practical support and expertise to improve patient care. Change and innovation is nothing new in the NHS. Indeed it is a constant feature of the work of staff throughout the service. Our role is to bring a stronger focus to bear on improvements and to help staff learn from each other. See:

1st April 2004 : NMC: Understanding the Code Seminars:
regularly held in your Region - Keep checking what's going on and note the dates in your diary! See$professionalAdviceSeminars

Welcome to the Facing the Future Website
Our National Health established the development of high quality nurses and midwives as pivotal to the delivery of the Scottish Executive's Plan for NHSScotland.

The role of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS)
is to improve the quality of healthcare across Scotland. We are achieving this by working with NHS professionals and the public in developing and putting into practice a national strategy. Consistently good healthcare, which continuously improves, is the target. This website contains information on the NHS QIS work programme, events, publications and the NHS QIS Board. If you are interested in finding out about opportunities to get involved in our work, you will also find information on this.

Bill to abolish Scottish prescription charges Monday 05 January 2004 :
Prescription charges in Scotland could be abolished under a new bill put forward by the MSP, Colin Fox. The proposal, which has already received cross-party support, will be out for public consultation early in the new year.

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