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Next stage for care records rollout

Connecting for Health has launched the next stage in the rollout of its patient electronic care records, with Bury becoming the second area to introduce the project.

The move has created more division between GPs.

Dr John Hampson, a GP in Bury taking part in the scheme, said patients would understand there were 'huge potential benefits' in being in the Summary Care Record programme.

However, Bury LMC secretary Dr Mohammed Jiva, a GP in neighbouring Middleton, said he feared GPs could find themselves swamped if they had to cope with patients worried about their confidentiality if records were loaded under the implied consent model.

'We're starting to get patients coming through who are expressing their concern about having their medical records loaded up to the spine.

'My personal view is that there is a lot of concern around security and there's not enough guidance given to GPs.'

The latest stage in the rollout came after the LMC in Bolton, the initial pilot area for electronic records, wrote in its newsletter that the majority of its committee agreed electronic records were 'not in the best interests of patients'.

This week in Bury 23 practices began sending letters to approximately 113,000 patients, who will be given 16 weeks to opt out.

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