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Opt-in model for care record is only fair way

Dr Prit Buttar is absolutely not 'denying patients the benefits' of a Summary Care Record by opting them out ('Should GPs opt all their patients out of the care record').

He is simply ensuring they have a care record if and when they give their explicit consent for one to be created.

The assumption that every single patient wants their data uploaded is the real 'doctor knows best' attitude. Nobody is being refused a care record, whether practices are adding the opt-out code for all their patients or just making it clear to patients they will not upload data without explicit consent.

Both are consistent with the BMA's stance that this should be an opt-in programme, a suggestion welcomed by every patient I have talked to.

From Dr Neil Bhatia, Yately, Hampshire

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