Letters: Record insecurity claim insulting to clinicians

I write in response to your article on electronic patient records (GP, 26 September). As one of the medical directors of an out-of-hours organisation, I am happy to say that we are looking forward to the implementation of the summary care record.

The inference that clinicians will override their clinical code of conduct is an insult. We do far worse things to patients than look at their records. Empowering us to look at records when patients are unable to be asked is a necessity, which has been acknowledged by colleagues in Scotland and Wales.

Staff know they are accountable for what they do, as we do when financial and clinical audits are done. Summary care records will bring immense value to those who work in out of hours and reduce risk to patients.

Dr David Lloyd FRCGP, OOH representative on the SCR Reference Panel and medical director of Harmoni.

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