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NHS adopts revised care record consent model

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Patients will be asked first before files containing their medical histories are accessed by other staff across the NHS.

A revised consent model is to be introduced nationally from next year to replace the ‘presumed consent’ system currently being piloted in England.

If a clinician wishes to view details about a patient’s medical history such as allergies and medications, patients will be asked permission under the new proposals.

At this point patients will have a second chance to opt out of the system if a record has been created without their knowledge.

The changes follow on from a highly critical evaluation of pilot projects by University College London, published in May.

NHS Connecting for Health, the agency that manages the NHS IT Programme, says the Summary Care Record will begin to roll out nationally next year.

Dr Gillian Braunold, summary care record clinical director, said: ‘We have listened to doctors and nurses who have raised concerns about the complexity of the earlier model and we are certain we now have a model which will work across a full range of care situations.’

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