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Letters Control of medical records

Extra safeguards are needed

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 September 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6206
  1. Richard D Turner, director of public health (retired)1
  1. 1Harrogate HG1 2EZ, UK
  1. richardturner6842{at}

Al-Ubaydli and Davies seem not to have come across any of the difficulties that campaigners against patient owned medical records worry about.1 2 When doctors and patients agree on everything, and the record contains nothing that patients would rather not disclose, most people would not object to record sharing.

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