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Patients writing in records 'a silly idea'

The GPC has slammed Government plans to allow patients to write comments in their medical records as 'an extremely silly idea'.

Under the proposals in a white paper on increasing patient choice, patients would be able to advise on the type of treatment they want from the NHS and record other personal information.

The HealthSpace system will be set up next year and expanded alongside the national Care Records Service.

Dr Grant Kelly, a member of the RCGP/GPC joint computing group, said there were not enough safeguards to prevent abuse of the system: 'This is a case of the brain running ahead of capability. It is an extremely silly idea.'

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