Modernising Patient Care

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Andrew Boff
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The government are proposing that every patient in hospital will be assigned their own unique code to ensure they receive the correct medication and treatment as part of plans to make the NHS "paper free" by 2020. Would you see this proposal as a way to assist in the reduction of health inequalities in London?


Answer for Modernising Patient Care

Answer for Modernising Patient Care

Answered By: 
The Mayor

A key component of reducing health inequalities is ensuring that people have equitable and timely access to high quality health and social care services.  This is an NHS England initiative, and I understand that the identification of patients using a unique identifier will help to ensure that records can be linked together to deliver better integrated care to all patients.  This is intended to reduce variation in the quality and safety of care that people receive and result in better, more efficient care for all.