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Uploads to medical database slowed

Medical records in some regions will not be uploaded to a central computer system until the public is better informed of the move, the government has agreed.

The accelerated roll-out of the summary care record (SCR) without proper consent from patients in some areas had caused the British Medical Association (BMA) to raise concerns.

Some 50 million records will be added to the database over time, while more than 1.25 million have already been uploaded.

Details including names, allergies, medication and adverse reactions have already been put on the record, with more potentially being added in the future.

However, last month the BMA said that the move was occurring too quickly in some parts of England and asked for a suspension. The Department of Health has now told the BMA that records will not go online in accelerated roll-out areas until there is greater public and professional awareness.

Dr Grant Ingrams, Chairman of the BMA's GP IT Committee, said: "This is a positive step.

"Summary care records have the potential to improve healthcare for patients if implemented appropriately.

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