Patients should receive copies of letters and summaries

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7360.388/a (Published 17 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:388
  1. Cyril Chantler, senior associate,
  2. James Johnson, chairman, Joint Consultants Committee
  1. King's Fund, London W1G 0AN
  2. BMA, London WC1H 9JP

    EDITOR—In 2000 we attended a meeting to discuss how to improve healthcare delivery within the NHS.1 One of the recommendations was that patients, except in special circumstances, should receive copies of all letters, case summaries, or care plans written by doctors or other clinicians. We also suggested that with the patient's approval such material should be stored on a central server. The suggestion was accepted and …

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