Patient champions fail to support BMA’s opposition to electronic patient records

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 11 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1424
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    Patient representative groups have clashed with the BMA over its opinion of electronic patient records after the association this week called for the roll out of summary care records to stop.

    The BMA has called for an instant suspension of the programme to upload summaries of patients’ medical records in England to a national database, claiming the process is being rushed and many patients are unaware of their right to opt out of having a record created.

    Some charities, however, support the introduction of the records, saying they will provide quick access to important information about patients allowing better care and communication between healthcare providers.

    The BMA has sent a letter to health minister Mike O’Brien saying …

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