SA Mathieson writes in The Guardian: The government is encouraging health service organisations to accelerate creation of summary care records (SCRs), with the aim of having them in place for most patients by 2013-14. The Department of Health says that 9.12m SCRs have been created, but that 33.81m people have been sent letters about the records. Only a small proportion, 1.25%, have chosen to opt out of the system. He notes: SCRs, which are designed to provide basic demographic and medical information on patients for emergency and out of hours care, have met with opposition from medical and privacy groups. This has focused on the fact that patients automatically have their data used to create such records unless they actively opt out. The coalition government has made it easier to do this by sending the necessary form with the information letter, but decided against asking all patients to opt in.