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Pharmacies to be given access to GP records

Pharmacists will be allowed access to GP records in order to ensure that they ‘give people the right medicines’, the health secretary has announced.

Speaking to MPs in Parliament, Jeremy Hunt said that the Department of Health would be pressing ahead with a scheme to allow pharmacists to access patient records.

In 2011, a pilot scheme to allow pharmacists in Bradford access to Summary Care Records was scrapped in order to focus on building ‘trust and confidence in the SCR’.

But Mr Hunt has signalled the go-ahead for the scheme nationally.

He told MPs last week that ‘there is a lot that pharmacists can do’ and allowing them access to GP patient records will help to improve dispensing of medicines.

He said: ‘One change we are making that could make a big difference, where proper protections are in place for patients, is allowing pharmacists to access GP records so that they can give people the correct medicines, know about people’s allergies and things like that. There are lots of other things as well, though, and I look forward to the discussion.’

The change was welcomed by pharmacy bodies. Alastair Buxton, head of NHS services at the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee said: ‘PSNC and other pharmacy organisations have been lobbying on this topic for some time, so we are of course pleased to see the Health Secretary making a public commitment to this and we look forward to seeing the plans progress.’

Readers' comments (64)

  • God forbid!! That's dreadful-they might recommend a homeopathic remedy :-(

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  • How will the medication records differ from what is printed on the FP10?

    Perhaps they will want to question the rational behind the decision to use that particular drug/dose etc in which case why don't they change careers and study medicine and eventually after a decade or so they too can be a doctor on their own practice.

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  • Need to know? I think not

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  • I, writing as a patient in this instance, do NOT want pharmacies having direct access to my medial records.

    Are we going to be given the opportunity to opt in/out? No, thought not.

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  • Excellent - when you get prescribed some antibiotics for your tonsillitis you pharmacist gets to read about the abortion that you had at the age of 18.

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  • hunt wants Boots etc to set up salaried Gp servcies- back door privatisation is at work here again

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  • Can patients opt out?

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  • T Roscoe

    Can Pulse do a big poster to put up in waiting rooms pointing this Government initiative out?

    I am sure most patients will be appalled.

    Yet more evidence that Heremy Junt has no idea what GPs do and thinks it is trivial easy and can be cheaply replced

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  • Confidentiality is officially dead, I am starting to consider going back to Lloyd George records.....

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  • Just enter everything in free text.

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