Vast majority of Scottish patients support summary care records

Only one patient in 5,000 has chosen to opt out of Scotland's emergency care summary (ECS) record system.

Figures from the Scottish Clinical Information Management in Practice advisory group showed that the ECS system now contains 5,300,000 patient records. Only 1,400 - 0.02 per cent of the total - have chosen to opt out.

The system allows out- of-hours providers, A&E departments and the NHS24 phone service to access a summary of patients' medical histories during diagnosis and treatment.

Only 2 per cent of Scottish practices have yet to upload records to the ECS system.

A spokesman for NHS IT agency Connecting for Health said that comparable figures would not be available for England until 'well into' the national roll-out of the summary care record system.

The NAO has said that that is unlikely to be until 2014 at the earliest.

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