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GP calls for alternative to the National Care Record

Plans for a centralised National Care Record should be scrapp-ed, a leading GP is proposing.

Dr Paul Cundy, chair of the GPC IT subcommittee and a GP in south London, is calling for the national electronic record to be replaced with a system where information is drawn from GP records only when it is needed.

Dr Cundy, who presented the plan to this week's GPC meeting, said such a system would be safer and better protect patient confidentiality.

Under the Government's planned system, a summary of GPs' records will sit permanently on the data 'spine'.

Dr Cundy said he believed the direction of the care record could be reversed, even though millions had been invested in the existing system.

He said: 'I don't accept we should be prostituting the population's privacy because someone made a stupid decision about buying something two years ago.

'The BMA has accepted there will be some summary record but this is an alternative model GPs might want to discuss.'

Dr Gillian Braunold, GP clinical lead for Connecting for Health, said Dr Cundy's concept had been considered but it was not reasonable to expect fundamental changes to be made at such a late stage.

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