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Medical Records

Volume 470: debated on Monday 7 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the full implementation of the Summary Care Record is expected to take place; and if he will make a statement. (175030)

There are no current plans to implement the summary care record (SCR) beyond the existing early adopter programme. The Department is working with both the Summary Care Record Advisory Group and the independent evaluators based at University College London to ensure that all significant learning from the early adopters is taken into account as soon as it is available. The evaluation will draw from extensive fieldwork done to capture the views and experiences of general practitioners, practice managers, nurses, other national health service clinical and management staff, and patients. The results of the evaluation will be incorporated into future deployment plans for the SCR.