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Online records cause too many problems

There are so many issues with online access to records (‘Fewer than a third of doctors think online access to records is a good idea’).

What if an abused patient is forced by an abuser to show their medical record? What next – will insurance companies or prospective employers get access?

The medical record is supposed to be a tool for the GP to look after the patient – if full access is granted to the patient, let alone anybody else, this will potentially affect what is recorded.

Can we not just be left alone to do the job we trained for, and used to love, without all this rubbish?

From Dr Eithne MacRae, St Helens

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  • I am puzzled by all this. I may be wrong but I have always felt that the notes I make are my notes, my findings. What I saw or what I thought I saw, what I felt, what I said and what I considered what I would do depending on results of tests or trial of treatment. Why does the patient have the right to access these? If the patient made a diary of what she said, heard and felt during the consultation would I have the right to access this diary?

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