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Letters Routine referral letters

Problems with sharing clinical data in routine referral letters

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 19 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3223
  1. Charles Essex, consultant neurodevelopmental paediatrician1
  1. 1Leamington Spa CV32 4RB, UK
  1. charles.essex{at}

Adams’s article raises two important problems.1 Firstly, in general terms, the requirement for clinicians from all fields to offer patients copies of letters written about them to other health professionals was stated in the NHS Plan in 2000, to be implemented in April 2004.2 The experience of Adam’s patients shows that 10 …

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