Registries will have to apply for right to collect patients' data without consent

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 19 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1199
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    An amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill passed by parliament last week should clear the way for health registries in the United Kingdom to continue collecting data on public health without patients' consent, the General Medical Council has said.

    Guidance produced by the council on patient confidentiality and informed consent caused a furore throughout the medical and research communities when it was issued last year (BMJ2000;321:849).

    It said that it was illegal for doctors and hospitals to supply personal information on their patients to research projects or registries …

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