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BBC News – Patients to control NHS records

Patients to control NHS records Patients will be able to access and manage their own records online Patients are to be put in charge of their medical records online under proposals for an "information revolution" in the NHS. In the future, patient...

Patients to control NHS records

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Patients will be able to access and manage their own records online

Patients are to be put in charge of their medical records online under proposals for an “information revolution” in the NHS.

In the future, patients will be able to log on to keep track of their treatment and make choices about the care they will receive.

England’s Department of Health says the moves, put out for consultation, should drive up standards.

It says everyone should have choice and control over their care by 2013/14.

Everyone who is cared for by the NHS in England already has formal rights to make choices about the service that they receive.

These include the right to choose a GP surgery, to state which GP you want to see, to choose which hospital you are treated at, and to receive information to support your choices.

But the government says it wants to extend this offer of choice to mental health services and end of life care too.

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The NHS should ensure that for patients, “no decision about me, without me” is the invariable practice”

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Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said: “We want to go further than simply offering people a choice of hospital.

WOW, major step !

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