Dutch test case over recordsBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7060.773 (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:773
Amsterdam's prestigious Academic Medical Centre is seeking to protect the secrecy of medical records during criminal investigations through a legal test case in the Dutch high court.
Earlier this year the hospital was forced to hand over medical records when police threatened a surprise raid to seize them. Now it fears a shift in favour of police investigations and against patients' rights after an Amsterdam court last month rejected their appeal against the seizure of medical records.
In March a 33 year old woman was brought into the hospital's accident …