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Medical charity will help GPs defy government’s immigration crackdown

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j1891 (Published 20 April 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j1891
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

The medical charity Doctors of the World is urging GPs to defy the government’s controversial push to make it easier for immigration officials to access NHS patients’ personal details. GPs should advise some patients not to register at practices with their home address, it says.

A new toolkit sets out how GPs and practice staff can keep their patients’ addresses off NHS records and act in line with NHS and General Medical Council rules on confidentiality (https://www.doctorsoftheworld.org.uk/news/medics-mobilise-against-nhs-patient-data-sharing).

Doctors of the World said that it had launched the “safe surgeries” toolkit amid growing concern that the government’s policy was deterring patients from seeking medical help and forcing doctors to act …

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