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Records prematurely destroyed

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:258
  1. M M Hawkins,
  2. A W Craft
  1. Epidemiologist Childhood Cancer Research Group, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6HJ
  2. Chairman of United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study Group Department of Child Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

    EDITOR,—Nicholas Wald and colleagues recently outlined the threats to research based on personal medical records, posed by the recently proposed guidelines from the Department of Health, the BMA, and the European Commission about safeguarding confidentiality.1 We, in common with many colleagues, share their concerns. A requirement to obtain explicit consent from each patient before records could be accessed, as proposed by the European Commission, would prevent most epidemiological and clinical studies that need to …

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