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GPs split over Care Record

GPs are split over the merits of the planned NHS Summary Care Record, a survey suggests.

Only 4 per cent of GPs responding to an online survey by Onmedica thought patients accessing records electronically would improve care.

Some 27 per cent believed it would improve care but security needed to be robust.

One in 10 of the 400 GPs questioned said they would be happy for the Care Record to proceed provided patients were given the opportunity to opt out.

But more than one in five (21 per cent) said they did not consider allowing electronic access to records a safe option and it should not be pursued under any circumstances.

A total of 38 per cent said they would need more details before making a decision

Dr John Parry, clinical director of GP systems supplier The Phoenix Partnership and a GP in Keighley, West Yorkshire, suspected GPs would be asked to promote the Care Record.

He said: 'Tony Blair wants GPs to be more involved in promoting NHS changes. Reading between the lines, I'd think this is one of the things to get involved with.'

Dr Trefor Roscoe, a GP in Sheffield and GPC member, said GPs should refuse to upload records, even if they were offered money for the work.

He said: 'I think there's serious conflict between various bits of legislation. This is going to be something that causes much public disquiet.'

Dr Roscoe added: 'I don't think it's accurate enough – there are all sorts of things on there. Breaches are more likely the more data subjects you have.

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