Letters, calls and emails: Luddites only oppose innovations that work

Dear Editor

Lord Warner calls GPs Luddites for complaining about the DoH IT programmes.

But is it surprising when the DoH allows junior doctors’ personal details to be available to anyone who visits the applications website?

Even having been informed about these problems a month ago it did nothing about it.

GPs are among the most computer literate in the NHS, years ahead of our secondary care colleagues.

At present none of us could sincerely inform patients that their records would be safe if placed in the DoH system.

In fact, I was able to access my family’s details, even though they are registered in a different PCT from the one I work for.

So I say to Lord Warner, GPs will only contemplate using the new records system when you can prove to them that they are secure. This is not Luddism.

Dr Martin F Seely
Manchester

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