No means no
Controversial plans to force GPs to send their PCT a list of patients who had opted out of the Summary Care Record have been dropped after fears the request could breach confidentiality.
The U-turn by NHS Lincolnshire, one of the first trusts to take part in the care records rollout, comes after Pulse revealed earlier this month that GPs were to be told to hand over patients’ details so they could be ‘invited to the surgery to discuss it further.’
Dr Neil Bhatia, a GP in Yateley in Hampshire who has already opted out hundreds of his patients, welcomed the move – but warned that patients who had opted out should not be asked to reconsider at all.
‘Instead of NHS Lincolnshire pursuing patients and not accepting opt outs, now it’s the GPs themselves, or that’s how it will look,’ he said. ‘Just how many times do you have to say ‘No’ to uploading your medical records before Connecting for Health will accept it?’