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Bill gives government power to breach patient confidentiality

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7281.256/a (Published 03 February 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:256
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    The UK government faces growing opposition to a clause in the Health and Social Care Bill, which gives the health secretary wide powers over the use and release of patient information.

    Liberal Democrat health spokesman Paul Burstow this week called on the health secretary, Alan Milburn, to drop the controversial clause 59, which is due to be debated during the Commons committee stage next week. Mr Burstow accused Mr Milburn of jeopardising patients' confidentiality by taking powers that will …

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