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'Shared records risk prejudice'

Doctors risk being prejudiced by information in the shared Care Record and not treating patients appropriately as a result, a GP is warning.

Dr Gerard Bulger, a GP in Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, told the Care Record Development Board's annual conference that doctors should always take a history and examine a patient.

If a patient, whom a GP had written was an alcoholic, staggered into A&E, the staff might assume he was staggering because he was drunk if they looked at his summary record, Dr Bulger said, whereas if the staff had no presumptions, they might find he had had a stroke.

Harry Cayton, chair of the Care Record Development Board, said he found Dr Bulger's comment surprising: 'The idea that you should decline to look at their record seems to me to be extraordinary. I don't see how an electronic record stops you from behaving like a good doctor if a paper record doesn't.'

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