It's “wrong” to put patients' records on IT system without explicit consent, MPs are told

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 17 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1027
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Doctors in England could find themselves in legal difficulty over using the NHS's electronic patient record system, MPs have been told.

    Warnings were made at an inquiry session last week of the parliamentary health select committee about the legal and ethical ramifications of the government's plan to place patients' health data on an electronic “summary care record” without their explicit consent.

    The Department of Health intends to put all patients' healthcare data on the summary care record, and patients will have the chance to opt out only within a specific period, under plans made by Connecting for Health, the …

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