Letters, calls and emails: I have no Choose and Book smartcard fears

Dear Editor

Your article ‘More security fears hit Choice system’ completely misrepresented my views (GP, 29 September).   

I have never advised patients to vary their passwords in the way referenced, nor do I believe that Choose and Book is vulnerable to smartcard users posing as patients.  

The service has been designed in consultation with clinicians, and Connecting for Health has a robust information governance programme.   

We have recognised that a small number of users were not comfortable with the current set-up, so we will further limit access to the password later this year.  

In the meantime Choose and Book continues to provide a safe, reliable and patient friendly way of referring our patients to specialist care.  

Dr Mark Davies  

GP and primary care medical director, Connecting for Health  



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