GPs advised to block patient record upload to summary care records

GPs should mark patient records with a Read code to ensure their upload to the summary care record is blocked, the former chairman of the GPC IT subcommittee has recommended.

Dr Paul Cundy (pictured) said GPs should enter a 93C3 Read code into the notes of patients who have not explicitly told them that they want to have a summary care record.

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.

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