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Patients 'will not be able to delete' Summary Care Records

By Steve Nowottny

Patients who do not initially choose to opt out of the Summary Care Record will be unable to have their records subsequently deleted, it has emerged.

The revelation comes despite contrary guidance issued by some of the first PCTs involved in the national rollout.

Information leaflets produced in a number of areas including South West Essex, Stoke-on-Trent, South Birmingham and Lincolnshire advise patients they will be able to change their mind about having a Summary Care Record ‘at any time'.

But in a response to a Freedom of Information request, the Department of Health confirmed that once created, Summary Care Records cannot be deleted, although they can be ‘masked' at a patient's request to prevent use by clinical staff.

The Department said ‘the medico-legal evidential significance of the SCR will be extremely important' and warned ‘the cost of completely removing them would be prohibitive.'

Summary care records will not be able to be wiped Summary care records will not be able to be wiped

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