UK’s new government backs patient-controlled medical records

Last week, over lunch with a few friends, we discussed how excited we are by the UK’s new government. Some really interesting people are in power, with two young dynamic leaders at the helms of the Conservative and Liberal Democrate parties. Then they issued their policy document, The Coalition: our programme for government.

On page 25, they say:

We will put patients in charge of making decisions about their care, including control of their health records

At Patients Know Best, we wholeheartedly agree. Ours is the only patient-controlled medical records system that is already integrated into the NHS secure network. And as we mentioned before, patient-controlled medical records are the only way to go. The new government’s policy is an important continuation of the Department of Health’s interpretation earlier this year of the European Data Protection Act on patients accessing their records. We live in interesting times, and look forward to the steps the government will take to carry its policy.

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