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Contents of summary care record are to be scaled back

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c5714 (Published 12 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5714
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

The most clinically contentious element of Labour’s £13bn (€15bn; $21bn) programme to computerise the NHS in England has received a new lease of life from the coalition government.

Simon Burns, the health minister responsible for IT, indicated this week that electronic summaries of patients’ health records would continue to be uploaded onto an NHS-wide computer system.

However, the minister endorsed the findings of two reviews that recommend limiting the ambitions of the summary care record and giving patients more information about their right to opt out of having their information shared.

The Department of Health said that the two reviews concluded that electronic summaries of core patient information “will prove valuable for patients needing emergency care.”

Bruce Keogh, medical director of the NHS in England and chairman of the …

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