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Care record should have explicit opt-in

Since Connecting for Health refuses to change the consent model for the Summary Care Record to an explicit opt-in - a model wanted by most GPs, and supported in motion after motion, year after year at the BMA and LMCs conferences - opting out all our patients and removing the code only when explicit consent has been given seems an obvious solution.

This will be especially true if push comes to shove (and it wouldn't be the first time the Government has held a gun to GPs' heads).

If Connecting for Health will not change its software to make sure only those patients who have chosen to give their explicit consent have their records uploaded, then they cannot blame GPs for wanting to ensure the privacy, confidentiality and safety of their patients' records.

After all, this Government has a truly unenviable record on data handling.

Most of all, ministers cannot blame GPs for wanting to ensure the continued trust of their patients.

Dr Neil Bhatia, Yateley, Hampshire

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