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BMA calls for halt to Summary Care Records

By Steve Nowottny

The BMA is urging the Government to freeze the rollout of the controversial Summary Care Records programme until findings from the six early adopter sites are fully analysed.

BMA chair, Dr Hamish Meldrum, called for the programme to be halted, in a letter to new health minister, Ben Bradshaw.

The BMA leader added the organisation would encourage GPs to boycott the rollout until concerns have been answered.

Dr Meldrum maintains that PCTs have access to ‘large amounts of patient identifiable data' and asks for confirmation by lawyers that the system does not fall foul of data protection legislation.

He also wants the Government to create a section on the new NHS Choices website where patients can see details of how data is used.

Dr Meldrum says in the letter: ‘Despite NHS Connecting for Health informing doctors that the security arrangements meet the highest standards, doctors remain cautious until they, or their colleagues, have experienced this themselves and can address first hand any concerns patients may have – rather than passing on assurance provided by the Government.'

The BMA also wants to agree a ‘code of practice' with the Government for GPs uploading information onto the Summary Care Record.

Dr Hamish Meldrum: calling for halt to summary record rollout until confidentiality concerns satisfied Dr Hamish Meldrum: calling for halt to summary care record rollout

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