Emergency doctors and police debate data sharing schemes

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 28 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1769
  1. Deborah Cohen
  1. 1BMJ

    Sharing of data between hospitals and police forces was crucial to help fight violent crime, the Home Office minister Vernon Coaker told a meeting of doctors, police experts, and local authority representatives this week.

    The meeting, called the London accident and emergency data sharing summit, was held to discuss what types of data could most usefully be shared, issues of patient confidentiality, and whether hospital doctors should be obliged to report cases of knife crime to the police.

    Jonathan Shepherd, a maxillofacial surgeon from Cardiff University, who favoured the collection of anonymised rather than personalised data, …

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