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NHS patients who do not want their information shared will have to opt out of IT system

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:383
  1. Michael Cross
  1. London

    Leaders of the NHS information technology (IT) programme said last week that they will stick to a controversial policy on patients' consent. The policy will require that patients who do not want their data on the new system to be shared to actively opt out.

    Mike Pringle, one of the programme's clinical leads, said last week that the alternative “opt in” policy proposed by the BMA's General Practitioners Committee would jeopardise the quality of care.

    However, in response to concerns about confidentiality the leaders …

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