I put some questions to NHS Connecting for Health in the light of its decision to halt the upload of summary care records in some PCT areas.
How many PCTs are rolling out SCRs that are not subject to accelerated Patient Information Programmes?
Connecting for Health: 20
Does the suspension have anything to do with the fact that the business case for the SCR hasn't yet been approved by the Treasury?
CfH: This is not related to the business case, which is in the process of being approved.
What does "accelerated" mean?
CfH: 'Accelerated' refers to PCTs who undertook Public Information Programmes in 2010 under a regionally coordinated approach.
What does the suspension mean - that GP practices in the accelerated areas are no longer uploading summary medical details to the Spine? What about GP practices in other areas? Will they continue to upload records?
CfH: In some PCTs, for example the early adopter PCTs and those PCTs who had already created Summary Care Records, records are continuing to be uploaded. Of the 70 PCT's Public Information Programmes, at this stage the majority are focusing on the public awareness phase and only 9 PCTs have planned uploads of records. We are continuing to work to ensure that appropriate professional and public awareness has been raised.
What will happen in London? CfH had announced that the SCR was being rolled out across London by March 2011. Has this stopped?
CfH: The SCR is continuing in London. As per the above answer we are continuing to work to ensure that appropriate professional and public awareness has been raised.
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