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Benefits Agency always holds consent before approaching healthcare professionals for information

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7088.1202b (Published 19 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1202
  1. Mansel Aylward, Chief medical advisera
  1. a Department of Social Security, London WC2A 2LS

    Editor-I cannot agree with Simon J Ellis's conclusion that a fifth of reports provided to the Benefits Agency are provided without the patient's full consent.1 When dealing with a person's claim to a state benefit the Benefits Agency takes several steps to ensure that consent to obtain information from a third party is held. Consent has to be furnished on the various claim forms, questionnaires, and certificates used when a person applies for benefit. The agency will always hold consent before approaching a healthcare professional …

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