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Information management and patient privacy

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 08 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:139
  1. G P Winyard,
  2. R T Rogers
  1. NHS Management Executive Leeds LS2 7UE.

    EDITOR, - Alison Tonk's editorial was a useful summary of some of the key parts of the NHS Management Executive's information management and technology strategy and will assist in further disseminating the objectives of the strategy to the medical profession.1 Ensuring that the clinical professions are aware and involved is important, and we are making considerable efforts to achieve this. Indeed, we would be pleased to take any opportunity to present the strategy to clinical audiences.

    Parts of the article did, however, give only a partial and somewhat misleading view of the work which is being directed to protecting personal data. We would like to redress the balance.

    It was implied that the NHS population registers of administrative details of patients …

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