I’ve just signed a letter calling on Frank Dobson to sign Early Day Motion 186, which reads:
That this House welcomes the coalition Government’s commitment to give patients control of their health records; considers that any decision to continue to allow uploading of patients’ details to the Summary Care Record (SCR) System is inconsistent with this commitment; and calls on the Government to halt all SCR updates, effective immediately, pending its promised comprehensive review of NHS IT systems.
The letter notes that independent research by UCL on the programme indicates that more than 80% of the patients sent letters warning them about this scheme (and the fact that they have only one chance at the start to opt out) had thrown away the letters unread or had no recollection of receiving them.
Furthermore, the research found that there were many errors in the records and (correctly) doctors were not trusting them:
The researchers found no direct evidence that the care records system led to safer care, though they said that access to the database may reduce some rare medication errors. There was no clear evidence that consultations between doctors and patients are quicker – and in some cases use of summary care records made consultations longer.
Almost 40 million letters have now been sent out across the UK, most without including opt out forms, which you can download from this website.