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Medical Records

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patient records are held in (a) electronic form and (b) paper form in (i) acute care and (ii) primary care trusts. (298295)

The information requested is not collected centrally and could be obtained, if at all, only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have made a written request to view information in their medical record in each year since 1998; and how many of these requests were refused in each year. (298330)

The information requested is not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a breach of the criteria established for the successful introduction of electronic patient records at the end of November 2009 constitutes a ground for the termination of local service provider contracts. (298350)

All the national programme for information technology local service provider, and national application service provider, contracts contain provisions appropriate to contracts of their size and complexity to address foreseeable delivery and service issues. This includes provision for the termination of the whole contract, or a part of the services provided by a contractor, depending on the materiality of any divergence from the strict terms of the contract. However, termination is a step that the Department will only contemplate after every opportunity, and all possible assistance had been given to enable a contractor to recover its position. Achievement of the published criteria for progress in delivery of the Lorenzo and Millennium care records systems by the end of November will be assessed on this basis.