This code will stop any uploads to the summary care record and enable the system to run on an ‘explicit opt-in basis’, he said.
Dr Cundy said GPs should contact their system suppliers or their user group for system-specific instructions on how to enter a Read code into patient records.
He said:‘Previously GPs might also have had to write to all their patients telling them that they were doing this but the emerging news that the summary care record is actually positively unsafe means they definitely no longer need to do this.
‘Stopping uploads protects patients’ data and certainly does them no harm.’
Dr Cundy’s guidance comes a week after the GPC passed two motions that called for the use of existing summary care records and the creation of further summary care records to be halted.
He stepped in to provide support to GPs because trade union legislation prevents the GPC and BMA from offering practical advice on such issues.