Almost half of Britons do not understand plans for sharing their NHS records. And increasing numbers of GPs (Geriatric Persons) are not clear how to use them.
The Norman Hunter Singers (NHS) were a renowned choir based in Gateshead. They sold over 100 records during the 1980s. But these are now in short supply. So the idea is that sharing NHS records should revive interest in the choir, which is struggling a bit these days.
"Once interest has been fired up again," said Ivor Batton, choir-master and leading GP, "we hope to go on tour and make even more records."
"We recognize that sharing NHS records could transform the way the choir is perceived," commented another leading GP. "But getting people to understand plans for sharing records fairly, without squabbling, is a bit tricky."
Local chemists have said they will issue NHS records on a 'prescription-only' basis, once GPs have decided what they want.
But Bill Eebremner, another local GP, said "I thought the Norman Hunter Singers were a bunch of drunken Leeds United footballers on a return coach trip from Sunderland."