In a joint statement on behalf of the DoH and Connecting for Health (CfH), the GPC and NHS Employers also outlined that practices must be fully supported throughout the process.
The statement said this applies to areas subject to ‘accelerated roll-out' as well as those areas that are not subject to accelerated roll-out but are yet to upload patient data.
The statement said: ‘CfH have agreed to work with the BMA to define an appropriate public awareness campaign, in addition to improving examples and templates for PCTs and practices to support public awareness and practice and professional involvement; further details will be available shortly.'
Dr Laurence Buckman, chairman of the GPC, said: ‘We are pleased that practices will not be under pressure to upload unless they are satisfied that their patients understand exactly what their consent means, and that all their records are set up properly. This will help ensure that the summary care record maintains its potential to benefit patients.'