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Our patients were not leaned on

As GPs from the first two practices in Bolton to offer the shared care record to patients, we object strongly to any assertion that our patients have been leaned on.

We have direct experience of patient reaction to the shared record and it is very positive. Some previously dissenting patients worried by the media campaign have changed their minds once they have had an informed discussion with a GP.

Our patients have a choice over whether to have a shared care record – this cannot be said for practices that are not intending to join the project. These practices are making a decision on their patients' behalf without even asking their opinion and sometimes without checking the facts.Information was freely available to all patients from many sources.

Surely it is the opt-out practices that are being paternalistic, not us.

From Dr Julie McMillen and Dr Liaquat Natha, Bolton, Lancashire

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