PCT care record opt-out is denied

Connecting for Health has denied reports that NHS Hampshire has decided not to sign up to the summary care record (SCR) system.

The PCT has said it has no current plans to sign up to the SCR system, and instead is opting to expand its own, more detailed 'Hampshire health record'.

But Dr Gillian Braunold, the programme's clinical lead, said the county was still expected to have the SCR in place within two years. 'Those practices won't have any worries about sharing information as they're already used to it,' she said.

She added that implementing the national system would not require the PCT to give up its existing records system.

Dr Braunold also said that 280,000 patients now had summary care records, and 'four or five' more PCTs had begun writing to patients to inform them about the scheme.

More would do so after this year's local government elections, she added.

jonn.elledge@haymarket.com

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