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GPs warn of dangers in allowing patients online access to their medical records

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 20 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7851
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The BMA’s General Practitioners Committee has warned that patients’ safety could be compromised by plans to allow patients to access their medical records online, as set out in the Government’s NHS Mandate earlier this week.

The mandate will require all patients to be able to book GP appointments online, order a repeat prescription online, exchange email with their GP, and access their records remotely by March 2015.1

The plans—initially set out in the government’s information strategy for the NHS in May2­—are part of a ministerial drive to increase the use of technology to help people manage their health.

But although GP leaders said that they …

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