Where are the early adopter areas then?
The Department of Health has suspended the creation of the central electronic patient record in regions where it had planned for an accelerated implementation. It has told the British Medical Association's (BMA) GP IT committee that it would halt the work until more had been done to spread awareness about the Summary Care …
I got my "Important Information on SCR" mailing from the NHS on Friday. A letter describing how wonderful the SCR is and some other fluff, but the form to opt-out is not included. For this, you have to write to the NHS to request one or you can download it.
Considering the number of people who won't follow-up and will then find themselves opted-in, this is a cynical way of increasing take-up.
I was visiting my 83 yr old mother-in-law recently, and the leaflet about the SCR arrived.
She read through it, asked me a few questions, then said "I don't trust them. Can I get out of this?"
So I printed off the form (she's not that hot on the web yet, but I have hopes), she signed it and I dropped it off at the doctors.
Now shes telling everybody in her area, and with the contacts she has, and their contacts, and so on, I supect they will get opt-outs from about half of the surgery.
If this is at all typical, the whole thing will be useless anyway.
Oh, and it dowsn't cover Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland anyway.
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