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Scots get new NHS online database

Health and social care staff in Scotland should gain better access to information with a new online database, it has emerged.

Building on a previous "e-library", the NHS Knowledge Network provides support for clinic practice, patient care and research.

It was launched at the annual NHS Scotland conference and includes a search engine that can access 11 million resources from 100 organisations in the voluntary sector, local government and health service.

Health secretary, Nicola Sturgeon, said: "We know that a skilled, motivated and committed workforce, with access to the right knowledge, tools and materials is a key component to delivering the highest quality healthcare for the people of Scotland.

"That is why the announcements on the Knowledge Network is to be welcomed, not only will it save staff time, it will allow them to access a wealth of information which for the first time will be available online in the same place."

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