UK patients can refuse to let their data be shared across networks

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 26 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1226
  1. Michael Cross
  1. London

    UK doctors will be expected to spend time in every consultation discussing with patients what information about them is shared across NHS computers. This is one of the implications of a “care record guarantee” that the Department of Health published this week to reassure patients and professionals about the confidentiality of data held in systems created for the NHS's national programme for IT (information technology).

    Clinical data from GPs' computers and other NHS systems are due to be …

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