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Guardians to protect patient data

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 30 January 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:284
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    New watchdog figures, to be called Caldicott Guardians, will make their appearance throughout the NHS from April. Their duty will be to safeguard and protect the handling of confidential patient information as it passes between computers.

    The name derives from the Caldicott review which reported just over a year ago (BMJ 1997;315:1562) in response to a threatened BMA boycott of the NHS “net” because of the vulnerability of patient data flowing from clinical to administrative settings. The review was led by …

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