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GPs could face legal action if they allow patient data to be uploaded to the NHS spine without having face-to-face discussions with patients or receiving explicit consent.
A GPC IT expert has backed MDU guidance warning GPs that Connecting for Health advice on sharing summary care records does not cover GPs' ethical duties to patients in full.
The MDU advice says GPs may not be able to rely on the 'implied consent' model proposed by Connecting for Health, in which patients receive a letter and are assumed to have agreed to share their data if they fail to reply after eight weeks.
The MDU says that GPs will need to 'satisfy themselves that that the …