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GP seeks explicit consent

Dr Nigel Dickson's practice is taking part in a local version of the NHS Care Records Service being run in Hampshire.

Notes are uploaded onto a central computer system, but the patient must be present and asked for consent before they

are accessed by a health professional.

Dr Dickson, a GP in Southampton, met members of the Connecting for Health team in charge of the NHS Care Records Service when they visited the region last week.

'The system we have works very well in that patient consent occurs on each occasion notes are accessed. To give consent in advance, to me, is not informed consent.'

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