Patient records

Medical records are an important part of the GP-patient relationship. This page outlines the RCGP's position on a number of issues relating to patient records, including giving patients access to their records online and the need for adequate safeguards when patient data is used by the NHS to increase our understanding of diseases and population health need.

Care.data

The RCGP has publicly commented on plans to introduce a new system in England through which patient data will be used to better understanding diseases and the health needs of patients at a population level.

The RCGP believes that, if implemented correctly, care.data has the potential to deliver enormous benefits to patients by helping the NHS to improve the quality of care it delivers and to better prepare for outbreaks of infectious disease. However, the correct safeguards much be in place to ensure that we do everything possible to protect and uphold the public's trust in the way in which the NHS treats their personal data.

Public statements from the RCGP on care.data:

  • 1 March 2014 - RCGP comment on government plans to take on board concerns raised by GPs about the implementation of care.data 
  • 18 Feb 2014 - College welcomes decision to delay care.data – but calls for NHS England to address its six demands 
  • 18 Feb 2014 - RCGP calls for reassurances before controversial data scheme goes ahead
  • 12 Feb 2014 - RCGP voices concerns about care.data

Patient online

The RCGP has been working with government and other stakeholders to help prepare general practice for the introduction of online access to patient records in England.

RCGP Health Informatics Group

The RCGP's Health Informatics Group advises the College and other professional bodies on issues of information management and technology in general practice

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