Dr Dr | 10.03.2010 22:10
The Department of Health is trying to roll out the Summary Care Record to millions of patients before the next election. Doctors’ leaders are alarmed. Patients are being misinformed, and opt-out is being made difficult. In the pilot areas, seven out of ten patients are unaware that an SCR was created for them. The patient information packs don’t contain an opt-out form; you’re supposed to phone the call centre for one.
Patients Unaware As Health Records Go Online
2:00pm UK, Wednesday March 10, 2010
Lulu Sinclair, Sky News Online
Patients' confidential medical records are being put online without their knowledge, according to the British Medical Association.
The database is needed, the DoH says, in case of emergency
Patients were supposed to have been given 12 weeks' notice of the move so they could opt out if they wished.
Otherwise, the Summary Care Record - which stores every patient's details on a giant NHS database - operates on a "consent to view" model.
The details will then be available for emergency and unscheduled care.
However, the BMA says because patients have not been told of the latest developments, details are being uploaded without the individual's knowledge, and possibly against their wishes.
The BMA is calling on the Government to delay the project.
There have been constant problems with the £11bn building of the computer system and doctors say the whole process is being carried out too quickly.
Patients' right to opt out is crucial, and it is extremely alarming that records are apparently being created without them being