The new Department of Health and Social Care strategy to improve patient access to their medical records through the NHS app and website is set to be implemented by the end of October. An earlier planned roll-out was delayed in December 2012 because the initiative wasn't ready. Under the new rules, GPs in England will be required to provide patients with remote access to their medical records via the NHS app and website. However, rights watch groups are voicing their alarm over how the law may make those at risk of domestic abuse more vulnerable to perpetrators. While some patients can only access new or recent medical records, others can see information dating back to the 1970s, and for some patients, sensitive information has been redacted.
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