Regarding 'Those in Peril', I am pleased you report that 'enabling patients to check the accuracy of their own medical records... increases patient safety'.

Research shows patients do use record access to correct inaccuracies, and safety is enhanced because they can share their record with others: this has included consultants, accident and emergency, and clinicians abroad.

It is now possible for any GP practice using the PAERS/EMIS system to enable their patients to access their full electronic GP record online. Our research shows record access improves patients' confidence in their clinicians and makes them feel that they understand their care better. It also appears to support self-care and healthy behaviours.

Dr Brian Fisher, GP and co-director of PAERS