Letter

Opting in or out of electronic patient records: National clinical leads of Connecting for Health respond

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7561.261-a (Published 27 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:261
  1. Gillian Braunold (gillian.braunold@nhs.net), national clinical lead general practice,
  2. Mike Pringle, national clinical lead general practice,
  3. Simon Eccles, national clinical lead hospital doctors,
  4. Ian Scott, national clinical lead hospital doctors,
  5. Susan Osborne, national clinical lead nursing,
  6. Barbara Stuttle, national clinical lead nursing
  1. NHS Connecting for Health, 7th Floor, New Kings Beam House, London SE1 9BW
  2. NHS Connecting for Health, 7th Floor, New Kings Beam House, London SE1 9BW

    EDITOR—We as the national clinical leads are concerned that a conflation of issues has clouded the principles in the opt in or opt out debate.1 We believe that patients' clinical information must be appropriately protected. It should be shared with clinicians who genuinely need to know—and no further. Patients may not want some information shared beyond the clinician to whom they have entrusted it.


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