Choose and Book in turmoil: GP support hits rock bottom
Patients will have the right to opt out of having their personal medical information stored on the new NHS national electronic record.
Health minister John Hutton said patients would also be given a second option of including sensitive information in a sealed 'envelope', used only in emergencies.
The move comes after GPs and patients raised concerns over who could access information on the National Care Record and when.
GPC IT sub-committee chair Dr Paul Cundy said the decision was a 'significant development'. He said: 'This is what we have been calling for, to leave it up to the patients.'
However, GPC chair Dr Hamish Meldrum said GPs were still concerned over how patient confidentiality would be affected by the National Programme for IT.