Summary Care Records should be suspended, says GPC

The use of existing Summary Care Records (SCRs) should be suspended in light of emerging patient safety issues, the GPC has said.

GPC chairman Dr Laurence Buckman (pictured) said the SCRs used in the pilot sites did not ‘update in a way you might expect’ meaning they contain ‘inaccurate’ data that could result in ‘significant dangers’.

He said: ‘If you have an SCR that you can’t rely on and you can’t tell how up-to-date it is… that is something that it is very concerning.’

The GPC passed a motion on Thursday which called for the government to fully investigate and resolve the patient safety issues of existing SCRs. It also carried a motion that called for the creation of SCRs to be halted until the government carries out a full review of the model.

The GPC said the motions do not represent any advice or instruction from the GPC or LMCs to GPs. It is up to individual practices to decide whether to upload records, it said.

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