Letters

GPs should not connect to NHSnet until it is restructured

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7182.533 (Published 20 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:533
  1. Grant S-B Kelly, Chairman
  1. Information Management Subcommittee, UK General Practitioners Committee, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 4RH

    EDITOR—The views of de Lusignan and Brown about NHSnet are opposite to those of representative general practitioners because NHSnet has problems that demand its restructuring. The NHS Executive, suppliers, and professions have started this task, and general practitioners should not connect to NHSnet until it is restructured.

    The authors wrongly assume that NHSnet is secure enough to send identified patient data across it “in clear” (non-encrypted) and that NHSnet is a preferable medium for handling information to promote …

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