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Police free to bug surgeries

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7106.445d (Published 23 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:445
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    Draft Home Office guidelines, issued for consultation last week, seem to give fewer safeguards against the police bugging doctors' premises in Britain than had been expected.

    The Police Act 1997 gives the police and customs new powers of “intrusive surveillance,” which means they could break into premises and install listening devices in their pursuit of …

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