NHS England has taken the unusual move of warning multiple GP practices they are breaching their contract by refusing to give people automatic access to future entries in their record.
Under the current national GP contract, practices were ordered to give people on their list automatic access to prospective (future) medical records, via the NHS App, by 31 October.
However, the British Medical Association GP committee has urged GPs to instead adopt an “opt in” model, saying it is concerned that giving automatic access could endanger some people.
The BMA gave practices a template letter to use to tell their integrated care boards they cannot move ahead with automatic access “due to several risks that cannot be sufficiently mitigated”.
NHS England’s own template letter for ICBs to use in response, seen by HSJ, states: “Based on your letter we interpret that the required changes were not implemented by 31 October 2023, thereby putting you in breach of your contractual obligations. We would therefore like to discuss with you your plan, including the timeline to become compliant.”
It is an unusual warning from NHSE which could potentially apply to hundreds or thousands of practices.
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Source: HSJ, 16 November 2023