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New NHS IT system will preserve patient confidentiality

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 20 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:164
  1. Madeleine Brettingham
  1. London

    New NHS information technology (IT) systems will save lives, the health minister, John Hutton, claimed last week, when he launched a new phase of publicity for the NHS's national programme for information technology. He also insisted that only staff with a legitimate relationship to a patient would be able to view their details.

    Mr Hutton was adamant that fears that the new systems might cause further delays and complications for staff and patients were misplaced: “This is the biggest civil IT project underway anywhere in the world today. Not everything is going to go smoothly all of the time, and we're …

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