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BMA fobbed off over Summary Care Record?

The Department of Health has admitted it is pressing ahead with plans for the national roll out of Summary Care Records – despite health minister Ben Bradshaw telling the BMA it would not go ahead until trials had been evaluated.

In a letter, Mr Bradshaw told the BMA: ‘I can assure you that there are no plans for deploying the summary record beyond the existing early adopter sites until we have understood the lessons from the independent evaluation from University College London.'

But a Department of Health spokesperson later told Pulse: ‘While we have no plans for deploying the Summary Care Record beyond the existing early adopter PCTs until we have understood the lessons from the independent evaluation, the programme is of course making plans for the national roll out.'

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