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RCGP backs 'spine' consent

The RCGP is backing calls for patients to give their explicit consent before data about them is uploaded on to the NHS 'spine'.

Connecting for Health has said patients will be automatically opted-in and would only opt-out if they were uncomfortable with the prospect of sharing their record.

The RCGP's ethics committee and IT group had already expressed support for an 'opt-in' model for the Care Record.

Dr Mayur Lakhani, RCGP chair, said the college's council was concerned about security and confidentiality.

He said: 'Explicit consent is less ambiguous than implicit consent and requires patients to make a conscious decision about how their information is controlled.'

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