Health bodies defend their right to access patient dataBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7348.1236/b (Published 25 May 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1236
- Phyllida Brown
Clashes between the Department of Health and privacy campaigners looked set to continue beyond Westminster this week over new regulations to allow healthcare providers in England and Wales to pass on patients' data without their consent to certain monitoring bodies such as the cancer registries.
The regulations were due to be debated in the House of Lords as the BMJ went to press. However, the basic provision for the measure was approved last year as part of the Health and Social Care Act. The present row relates to the statutory instrument being formulated for use under the Act.
Despite claims by privacy campaigners that the law would be a “snoop's charter,” health agencies insisted that the regulations gave them only limited scope to use data, which they …