GPs' records may have little diagnostic validity

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7067.1261c (Published 16 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1261
  1. Sydney Brandon
  1. Emeritus professor, University of Leicester 19 Holmfield Road, Leicester LE2 1SD

    EDITOR,—H Lavender's and P H Smee's articles reopen the question of confidentiality of patients' records.1 I am not reassured by the soothing words of Smee, who is head of life insurance at the Association of British Insurers: my experience suggests that many arbitrary decisions are taken by insurance companies on the basis of inadequate evidence, particularly where nervous illness is …

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