HEALTH chiefs at NHS Kirklees say 340,000 patients will benefit from a new method of storing medical information.
The electronically-accessible Summary Care Records (SCR) will allow professionals to view patients’ details wherever they are in the country.
But privacy campaigners have hit back at the plan.
James Elsdon Baker of campaigning group NO2ID said: “Those who do not respond to that letter by delivering to their doctor a separate opt-out form are taken to have given irrevocable consent for their personal health details to be uploaded and shared through a centralised system.”
Dr David Anderson, at NHS Kirklees, said “The SCR allows quick access to patient information. For many patients, making this information available is common sense and they are often surprised that it doesn’t happen already.
“The introduction of SCR will make sure that medical professionals have details of a patient’s essential medical history in an emergency.”
NHS Kirklees says the information is only accessible by staff directly involved in a patient’s treatment.
l To find out more call 0845 603 8510, the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) by telephoning 01484 464 464 or visit www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk/summary