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NHS 'rushing out an imperfect system'

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The British Medical Association (BMA) is writing to health ministers calling for a suspension to place basic information about patients' health in England onto a central database. They say there has not been sufficient evaluation of the pilot scheme to make the records, which include information about allergies and prescriptions, available centrally.

Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA Council, and Dr Simon Eccles, medical director for Connecting for Health, examine whether patients' Summary Care Records should be centrally available.

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