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Patients should be sent copies of doctors' letters about them

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 09 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1056
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    All doctors in the NHS should automatically send copies of referral letters and consultation results to the patient concerned, even if they contain bad news, according to the Department of Health's director of patient experience and public involvement.

    Harry Cayton, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society and currently on secondment to the department of health, is championing proposals outlined in the NHS Plan to improve communication between patients and doctors.

    “What we are interested in is re-balancing the relationship between patients and health professionals,” he told a London conference of consultants, GPs, healthcare workers, and some patients, which launched the initiative.

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