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Murderer loses attempt to keep his medical records secret

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 20 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:167
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A double murderer lost his High Court bid to keep details of his medical records secret in the United Kingdom last week.

    Michael Stone, who murdered Lin Russell and her 6 year old daughter Megan on a country lane in Kent 10 years ago, argued that his personal medical information should be edited out of the report of the inquiry into his care and treatment before it was published. He claimed publication would breach his right to privacy under article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and his right to confidentiality under the Data Protection Act.

    But at the High Court in London, Mr Justice Davis agreed with the South East …

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