LMC Conference 2016: GPs demand the right to shred patient records

GP practices can never be truly paperless until NHS regulations allow the destruction of paper records and Lloyd George envelopes, the national LMCs conference heard.

Dr Anthony O'Brien, of Devon LMC, said the Edwardian statesman would be turning in his grave if he knew the envelopes bearing his name were still being used more than a century after they were introduced.

He was speaking to a motion calling for a major upgrade in the standards of technology in GP practices, including better connectivity with other services and improved broadband speeds.

Dr O'Brien told the London conference that the total removal of paper records was necessary but ambiguity in NHS regulations meant it was not clear whether GPs could destroy them.

'No one has officially decided that we can definitely shred all of the notes. They can all be digitised but can they be destroyed? The regulations are ambiguous.

'What's required is a simple and obvious decision from Simon Stevens or Jeremy Hunt so that we can get rid of paper records.'

Dr Violaine Carpenter, of West Hertfordshire LMC, said the continuing requirement to store paper records was having a major impact on space in cramped surgeries.

'It's farcical that we either have Lloyd George envelopes taking up valuable space or we have to pay private companies to store and transport them for us.

'Properly digitising records would free up clinical space, save millions of pounds over the years, and reduce our carbon footprint.'

The conference supported the motion that GP IT needed fully funded: improved support services; fast and reliable broadband connections; scanning, digitising and shredding of paper records; interoperability; a fit for purpose national primary care IT specification.

Full coverage: LMC conference 2016

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

RCGP criticises GP at Hand video showing antibiotics prescribed for sore throat

RCGP criticises GP at Hand video showing antibiotics prescribed for sore throat

A promotional video for Babylon GP at Hand that shows a patient with a sore throat...

Review into overprescribing aims to give GPs power to challenge hospital scrips

Review into overprescribing aims to give GPs power to challenge hospital scrips

A government review of overprescribing in the NHS could see GPs given more power...

Submit your session ideas for the RCGP Annual Conference 2019

Submit your session ideas for the RCGP Annual Conference 2019

GPs can now submit ideas for sessions at the RCGP Annual Conference in Liverpool,...

Scottish GP workforce increases for first time in 10 years, figures show

Scottish GP workforce increases for first time in 10 years, figures show

GP numbers in Scotland have risen slightly for the first time in 10 years despite...

More than 16m GP practice appointments a year lost to DNAs

More than 16m GP practice appointments a year lost to DNAs

More than 16m appointments at GP practices are lost every year because patients fail...

Six ways GPs can help patients with asthma to stay well this winter

Six ways GPs can help patients with asthma to stay well this winter

Up to 26,000 people could be hospitalised with asthma this winter. GP and Asthma...