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Sharing patient information electronically throughout NHS

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:623

Patient confidentiality may not be guaranteed

  1. Paul D Oldfield, general practitioner (
  1. Weaverham Surgery, Weaverham CW8 3EU

    EDITOR—As general practitioners in the brave new world of sharing patient information electronically throughout the NHS,1 can we still promise our patients that we will keep their secrets confidential? With the threat of central servers for our computers, practices would no longer be the keepers of their own data. The NHS would …

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