Shouldn't patients decide who should access their records?BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7465.573-b (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:573
- Joan Higgins, chair, Patient Information Advisory Group (email@example.com)
- PIAG Secretariat, Department of Health, Leeds LS2 7UE
EDITOR—Much misunderstanding exists in the NHS and other organisations about the Data Protection Act, but to deal with these concerns by granting clinical researchers freer access to confidential patient information, as suggested by Peto et al, would be excessive.1 2 The Department of Health last year published a code of practice on patient confidentiality that should ensure that custodians of medical records are aware …
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