Coalition Government to retain Summary Care Record

Ian Quinn writes in Pulse, a specialist magazine for GPs:

The coalition Government has revealed it plans to keep the Summary Care Record, despite a massive boycott by GPs and pre-election pledges by both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to rip up the system.

Conservative health minister Simon Burns revealed the Government is to stick with the most recent policy introduced under Labour, which will allow records to be uploaded in a patchwork system across the country, depending on whether individual GP practices and PCTs back the idea.

Uploading of records, he said, would continue in all PCTs where GPs and trusts agreed there has been adequate consultation and opportunity for patients to opt out.

The Conservatives had previously planned to scrap a national system in favour of a more localised system of records, while the Liberal Democrats had called for the rollout to abandoned altogether, with then health spokeperson Norman Lamb branding it as ‘a disastrous waste of money’.