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Judge orders GPs to hand over patient records

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 26 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1270
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A High Court judge has ordered the partners in an NHS general practice to hand over confidential records of patients and other documents to their local health authority, so it can investigate concerns about their practice.

    Mr Justice Munby made the order this month in a judgment that was given in public but with anonymity for all parties, including the health authority. The health authority was contacted by a local authority that had brought care proceedings over children who were patients of the general practice. A number of other people, now adults, also involved in the proceedings (some only indirectly) were also …

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