Yup, it's crap.
GP leaders and the DoH reached agreement after concerns were raised that patients should not have records uploaded by default but should opt into the scheme.
Which IMNSHO is a bit spineless (sorry) of the GP leaders. It should be de facto
an opt-in, not the other way around. This way DoH gets what they want anyway.
Suppose that after these "pilots" the workload is judged as not excessive (by DoH naturally), mostly due to the fact that most patients will neither get a notification in the first instance nor, as they work for a living, would have to take time off work in order to view their records (Saturday not being a day the surgery is open)], nor given a way to not have their details uploaded without a visit to the surgery. This would then be considered a plus point and off we go.
I personally have never met my doctor, my previous one having died in a road accident (and even then I didn't meet him; last time I went to a GP surgery was to get a wholly unnecessary sick note for 2 days absence which the receptionist gave me from a pile of pre-signed forms). I don't even know his name. The last time I went to a doctor was for a polio sugar cube over 20 years ago. Yet I don't want my records uploaded (not that there's much on them!) on general principle, let alone for any possible information-that-shouldn't-be-available-to-all-and-sundry reasons...