Doctor knows best

GP In the wranglings over the Summary Care Record, it is always very interesting to see how those on the frontline of the medical profession react to developments.

It was the BMA that first raised objections about the total lack of information going to patients, and now the Newcastle Journal is reporting that 3 in 4 doctors in their area would not sign-up to be on the system:

GPs in the North East have gone one step further in their fight against the (NHS database) proposals, saying they will not allow their own or their families’ records to be included for fear of serious security breaches.

A survey by Gateshead and South Tyneside Local Medical Committee and Sunderland LMC, asked GPs and practice managers to consider whether they would allow themselves or their family to become part of the Summary Care Record.

Of the 152 who responded to the LMCs’ survey – the first of its kind in the country – 74% said they would not allow their own medical data to be uploaded and 70% said they would not permit the upload of their family’s personal records.

These statistics are damning in the extreme. In theory, these are the people who have seen the system up close and know the most about it. Yet these are the people who are most vociferous in their objections to the privacy invasion inherent in the Summary Care Record.

If even the doctors are refusing to sign up, how many of us would refuse having seen the full horrors?

By Dylan Sharpe