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Overseal widow wins battle for better patient records

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A WIDOW who has been campaigning for changes in the way hospitals share medical records looks to have achieved a breakthrough.

Pamela Gent revealed to the Mail she had been given assurances by South Derbyshire MP Heather Wheeler that new systems were set to be put in place which will allow hospitals up and down the country to have better access to the records of patients.

The 67-year-old, who lost her husband following an illness in February, has been campaigning ever since his death for a better system to be introduced

Mrs Gent, of Burton Road, Overseal, spoke to the Mail about the news.

She said: " I have received paperwork via Mrs Wheeler stating that the computer system where hospitals can release information to one another should be implemented in 2015.

"I have emailed her and asked if this is to be before the election, as she has stated that the Government has put funds aside for this project.

"I am awaiting her reply.

"As people know, this is my pet project to push for this system to be implemented.

"But I am concerned that if it's not done before the election and if the Conservatives don't win, this project may not be implemented by the winning party."

Mrs Gent launched her campaign for better medical record sharing after her husband was treated at several different hospital sites before he passed away.

She said better sharing of information between hospitals could have helped to boost his chances of survival.

Mrs Gent hopes the latest news could draw to an end a tragic 2014. The Mail previously reported how the widow was hit with a parking fine for failing to pay as she sat with her dying husband at Queen's Hospital – even after she explained her situation.

She received the £70 fine just days after she rushed to the bedside of her husband John, who died in the early hours of February 19.

Her personal situation took a further turn for the worse when, only weeks later, a letter from the Royal Derby Hospital dropped through the letterbox of her home asking for her husband to attend an appointment – despite him having passed away five weeks beforehand.

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