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.

General Practice Data for Planning and Research

The RCGP has been actively engaging with the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) programme, a plan for NHS Digital to collect data from general practice in England for healthcare planning and research purposes.

The RCGP has been working to see greater transparency, improvements to safeguards to protect the data collected and appropriate engagement with the public and clinicians. We are supportive of appropriate data sharing to improve public health but have always been clear that this must be done securely and in a way which maintains public trust.

Read our parliamentary briefing on GPDPR from June 2021 (270 KB PDF).

Public statements and letters from RCGP on GPDPR:

In 2014, the RCGP 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.

Read our Parliamentary Briefing on from March 2014 (PDF).

Public statements from the RCGP on

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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