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BMA backs away from care record boycott

By Steve Nowottny

The BMA has urged a go-slow approach to the roll-out of electronic care records rather than spearhead the boycott called for at this year's annual BMA meeting.

In new guidance issued this week to GPs, the association says the care record project should not be extended beyond six early adopter PCTs until the independent evaluation is completed and ‘ways forward have been agreed'.

The guidance follows heated debate at the BMA's annual representatives meeting in June. Despite pleas from the BMA leadership, rank-and-file representatives resolved to ‘advise all members not to cooperate with centralised storage of all medical records as this seriously endangers patient confidentiality.'

While acknowledging the ARM motion, this week's guidance takes a more moderate line, and says ‘the BMA understands that GPs in the early adopter PCTs may wish to continue to be involved.'

Dr Gillian Braunold, GP clinical lead with Connecting for Health, said she was ‘very pleased' the BMA had backed away from a non-cooperation policy.

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