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NHS medical records and sharing data with pharmacists 

Letter to the editor 

SIR – Research commissioned by the General Medical Council in May last year showed that one in 20 prescriptions contains errors.

Giving pharmacists access to patients’ records to check prescriptions allows them to spot errors, allergies, or medications that don’t work well together. The pharmacist can see the Summary Care Record’s information about medication only if the patient has given consent. All access is audited governed by strict controls.

This debate needs to consider both the issues of privacy and the benefits of sharing information, otherwise we risk compromising patient safety.

James Mucklow is a digital healthcare expert at PA Consulting Group 

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