Summary Care Records project lives
Minister confirms database is healthy
The Summary Care Records project will continue in care trusts where patients have been properly informed about the process.
Michael Fallon, Conservative MP for Sevenoaks, asked health minister Simon Burns if the controversial project to upload summary records to the central spine would continue. The LibDems made some vague noises about the database state before they got into bed with the Tories.
But a Parliamentary Answer from Burns yesterday revealed the scheme is going ahead.
Burn said: "Uploading of information to the summary care record will continue to take place, where the relevant general practitioner (GP) practices and primary care trusts (PCTs) agree that patients have been adequately informed about the process, and properly enabled to opt out should they wish, and where GP practices and PCTs are satisfied that data are of an appropriate quality for sharing."
The SCR has been controversial partly because you must opt out, rather than opt in, and partly because once a record has been created there is no way to erase it.
The coalition government has ditched the ID card project and has pledged to get rid of ContactPoint - the kids' database.
The SCR project is part of the NPfIT - the £12.7bn project to rewire the NHS. ®
So much for human rights
"cannot be removed"? No, they do not have the right to determine this, I have.
Even though I work for a company that is involved in many big Government projects like SCR, I have opted out as I just don't trust them. Looking forward to the first sign that they have ignored my wishes and I can set the legal beagles on them.
Glad I live in Scotland
I might be more likely to die from a pie overdose, but at least my proclivities won't end up in the hands of my insurers, the payout from which upon my untimely death will keep my pie-addicted children in pies for the rest of their lives. Which won't be long.
Hmm. Suddenly I'm peckish.