[Mr. Mike Weir in the Chair] — Electronic Patient Record

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 21st February 2008.

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Photo of Kevin Barron Kevin Barron Chair, Health Committee 2:30 pm, 21st February 2008

I may be corrected on this by other hon. Members, but I do not believe that we looked at that in detail. There are issues around lost cards. I went to a doctor's surgery in my constituency, and they were concerned about confidentiality. I had actually gone to look at choose and book, of which I am a big fan, as are my constituents. It was a five-handed practice, and they were complaining that there were 11 pass cards in the system. I said, "There are only five doctors here. Who has the other six?" The answer was, "The people who do the letters."

That is how such systems work. We and patients have to accept—we are all patients at one time or another—that people other than the doctor are likely to access some of their records for purposes of looking after their interests and care. That is why I asked what action is taken if there is unauthorised access to information. The Government will have to consider that matter carefully, if that type of system and its benefits are to be accepted.