New code will cover confidentiality in the NHS

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 20 August 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:499
  1. J Warden
  1. Department of Health, Health Care (Administration) Division 4D, Wellington House, 135-155 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UG.

    Patient confidentiality in the NHS is to be covered by a new code of conduct - the first of its kind - drawn up by the Department of Health. A draft was issued last week for consultation, just one week after a rival version - seeking statutory status - was produced by an interprofessional group which included doctors (6 August, p 360). The government has decided on legal advice that confidentiality is adequately protected by the common law and that non-statutory guidance is …

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