DoH confirms accelerated summary care record scheme suspended

The accelerated roll out of the summary care records scheme has been suspended, the GPC has revealed.

Dr Grant Ingrams, RCGP/GPC joint IT committee chairman, said the GPC has received an assurance from the DoH that the upload of the summary care record will be suspended in those areas where the roll out has been accelerated, such as London. 

He said there were no details about how long it will be suspended for, but said it will not be re-started until the scheme can be ‘properly rolled out'.

‘It was specifically mentioned that the information needs and awareness of both patients and professionals will be addressed,' he said.

Dr Ingrams added: ‘We are very pleased that Connecting for Health has listened to our concerns and welcome the decision to suspend uploads. We look forward to working with the government in the future to ensure that the BMA's concerns about the summary care record continue to be listened to and addressed.'

A DoH spokesman said uploads will continue in those areas not subject to the accelerated summary care record programme.

Last month, the GPC wrote to the health minister to raise concerns that the summary care record scheme was being rolled out too fast, leaving patients unaware of what they are being enrolled into.

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