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Care.data must become an opt-in system, say doctors

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g4284 (Published 26 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4284
  1. Tom Moberly
  1. 1BMJ Careers

The care.data programme must be relaunched as an opt-in system because it risks undermining patients’ trust in doctors in its current form, BMA members have said.

Delegates at the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Harrogate voted in favour of a motion stating that care.data “should not continue in its present form” and “should be an opt-in system rather an opt-out one.” The motion said that the care.data system “lacks confidentiality” and “carries the risk of GPs losing the trust of their patients who may feel constrained in confiding …

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