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Love it or loathe it, the Summary Care Record is finally here

So more than six years after the National Programme for IT was established, and almost two years after the launch of early adopter pilots, the national rollout of the Summary Care Record is finally to get underway.

By Steve Nowottny

So more than six years after the National Programme for IT was established, and almost two years after the launch of early adopter pilots, the national rollout of the Summary Care Record is finally to get underway.

As we reveal today, GPs in at least five ‘fast-follower' trusts are to start writing out to their practice lists by April, advising them that they will soon have records unless they choose to opt out. More will follow shortly.

There is, predictably, disgruntlement in some quarters. Stalwart opponents of the whole project claim the roll-out is being rushed through without time to learn from – or even complete the rollout in – the six early adopter areas.

The BMA publicly insists it is comfortable with the speed of the rollout – although a letter sent in October by the chair of its IT working group, Dame Deidre Hine, would appear to suggest it supports a more considered approach. And LMC leaders in at least one of the fast follower areas complain they weren't even aware of the plans.

But the most important part of this story is this – like it or not (and many GPs don't), Summary Care Records are going to happen, and they're going to happen soon.

When patients in Stoke-on-Trent, spearheading the national rollout, start receiving letters from early next week, the Summary Care Record goes from being a minority sport to something which is going to pop up in every GPs' in-tray.

Love it or loathe it, the summary care record is finally underway

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