Plans for information collection from NHS put doctors in “impossible position”

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 October 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6556
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

Provisions in the Health and Social Care Bill to improve the collection of information in the NHS in England could harm the confidentiality of GP-patient relationships, doctors have warned.

The concerns centre on the role of the NHS Information Centre, headquartered in Leeds, which under the bill’s proposals is to become the central point for collecting and disseminating information about NHS and social care for “secondary purposes” beyond the care setting.

Critics say that the bill’s powers to create “a national repository of health, public health and social care information” are unnecessarily far reaching. Paul Cundy, a London GP who is joint chairman of the joint IT committee of …

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