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PCT 'bullying' GPs on hospital

The new NHS Care Record will make it more important for GPs to ensure their electronic records are up to

date and comprehensive, the Medical Defence Union has advised.

The MDU said GPs who failed to enter enough information or used the wrong Read code would find it harder to justify their care should they face litigation.

Dr Frances Szekely, a senior claims handler at the MDU, said cases against doctors now 'invariably involved electronic records'.

She said: 'GPs have led the world in electronic records but there are still hazards. It is essential to ensure your practice's system is both workable and understood by all staff members.' As an example, she said some practices failed to realise there were separate Read codes for negative findings. Selecting 'brain tumour' and adding 'not found' in free text would result in a positive result recorded.

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