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New consent form designed for release of medical records

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 17 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:122
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent,
  1. BMJ

    The BMA and the Law Society have produced a new consent form for patients to sign when asking, through a solicitor, for their medical records to be released. The form is designed to ensure that patients give informed consent to the disclosure of their records, amid concerns that patients bringing personal injury legal claims may not always appreciate what they have given permission for.

    The BMA's head of science and ethics, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, said: “GPs routinely say to us that solicitors ask …

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