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Government must do more to explain benefits of centralised database

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1566 (Published 14 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1566
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1BMJ

The UK government should be wary of rolling out its national centralised database of patients’ medical records until it has averted the current “crisis of confidence” in the plans, the Royal College of General Practitioners has warned.

The “care.data” programme is being launched to assist in medical research and monitor NHS trends and performance more closely, by linking patients’ GP records with information already collected from acute trusts through hospital episode statistics (HES).1

But the scheme has attracted criticism from campaigners and some GPs, who are concerned that holding patients’ confidential data on a national …

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