Assessments hit by inadequate IT.

    Poor IT infrastructure at primary care trusts is hampering
    implementation of the single assessment process for older people, a
    survey has revealed.

    The study of PCTs and strategic health authorities by Liberal
    Democrat MP Sandra Gidley also highlights problems and missed
    targets in implementing the National Service Framework for Older

    There have been concerns for more than a year over the robustness
    of the IT systems. Gidley’s report finds that many PCTs cited this
    as a reason for failing to introduce the single assessment process
    by the April target.

    Forty-three per cent of PCTs failed to meet the April 2004
    milestone for every GP practice to use agreed protocols to treat
    and care for dementia patients; and 18 per cent of strategic
    authorities failed to ensure health improvement plans included the
    development of mental health services for older people.

    Nearly half of PCTs were unable to provide information on
    medication review. Of those that could, 35 per cent failed to meet
    the target to review the medication of over-75s each year and 28
    per cent failed to do six-monthly reviews of people on four or more

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