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BMA warns against letting patients have access to their electronic records

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 12 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d206
  1. Michael Cross
  1. 1London

Plans for NHS patients in England to take control of their own medical records have received a cool reaction from the BMA.

The association’s response to the government’s vision of a computerised health service, set out in its paper Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution (, also warns of GPs being deluged with emails from patients.

The government’s paper, published last autumn, proposes a locally led strategy for computerising the NHS and for patients to have greater access to electronic information, including their own medical records.

In its 20 page response the BMA sounds a note of caution on the cost, likely benefits, and ethical acceptability of the …

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