Our ref: DE504174 and DE502771

 

14 May 2010

 

Dear Dr Bhatia

Thank you for your further email relating to your Freedom of Information request of 29 April.   You wrote:

‘In an interview with Tony Collins from Computer Weekly about the 5 SHAs involved in the accelerated rollout of the Summary Care Record http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/tony_collins/2010/04/summary-care-record-roll-out-c.html
    
CfH stated that "Of the 70 PCT's Public Information Programmes, at      this stage the majority are focusing on the public awareness phase     and only 9 PCTs have planned uploads of records."    
• Please could you list these 9 PCTs’

The 9 PCTs referred to in the article related only to PCTs that were deemed to be "accelerated" and had planned uploads.  It does not preclude other PCTs and practices who have planned uploads and where the practice and the primary care trust (PCT) agree that patients have been adequately informed about the process and properly enabled to opt out should they wish:

NHS Nottinghamshire County
South West Essex PCT
Luton PCT
North East Essex PCT
South East Essex PCT
Greenwich Teaching PCT
Darlington PCT
Eastern & Coastal Kent PCT
West Sussex PCT

A joint statement released by the BMA/GPC with NHS Employers on 4 May 2010, on behalf of the Department of Health (DH) and NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CfH), regarding the Summary Care Record (SCR) confirmed that "NHS Connecting for Health (NHS CfH) and BMA have agreed that the upload of information to the Summary Care Record (SCR) should only take place in any practice once the practice and the primary care trust (PCT) agree that patients have been adequately informed about the process and properly enabled to opt out should they wish".  The statement confirms that "this will apply both to areas which were working to implement the SCR prior to the 'accelerated roll out' but have yet to upload patient data, as well as those practices in areas deemed to be "accelerated" and this status should not preclude uploads where agreement about adequate information has been reached.

I hope this reply is helpful.   If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to:

Head of the Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health
Room 317
Richmond House
79 Whitehall,
London
SW1A 2NS

Email: [email address]
 
If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Department. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Lynn Swyny
FOI Case Manager
Department of Health