New powers for CHAI “threaten patient confidentiality”BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7415.580 (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:580
- Dyer Clare, legal correspondent
New powers permitting the planned Commission for Health Care Audit and Inspection (CHAI) to look at individual patients' records if it deems access “necessary or expedient” provoked protests this week that the move threatened patient confidentiality and could undermine trust in doctors.
The General Medical Council, the regulatory body for UK doctors, and the Medical Defence Union, which provides legal and ethical advice for more than half of UK doctors, raised their concerns on the day that the House of Lords was due to give a second reading to the government's Health and Social …
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