Conservatives intend to scrap plans for a central database of patient records.

Tories face NHS database tangle

By Ross Hawkins
BBC News political correspondent


The Tories say their plans will be cheaper than a national database

The Conservatives want to let you view your health records online.

All they have to do first is dismantle one of the biggest civil IT projects in the world.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley made headlines when he told the BBC about plans to give patients access to their medical histories through their home PCs.

But to achieve that the Tories want to pick apart the massive NHS computer project known as the National Programme for IT.

Its goal is to electronically link all GPs and hospitals in England.

Its price tag is £12.7bn, and part of the project is at least four years late. It has long been the target of criticism from MPs, medics and the media.

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Health chiefs to tighten up security of medical records

HEALTH chiefs in the Lothians have said they have taken action to protect patient data, after being criticised over two separate cases where medical records were lost.
The health board has been rapped by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which investigated the incidents.

In one, a USB memory stick containing the personal information of 137 patients was lost by a community health worker last June.

The ICO said the memory stick belonged to an employee and should not have been used to store NHS Lothian data.

Also in June last year, a document wallet with 25 paper files about patients was left in a shop.

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