Data Protection: Doctors and Ministers Disagree
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1984 Feb 11; 288(6415): 499.
The British government and the British Medical Association disagree on the impact that the pending Data Protection Bill might have on the physician patient relationship if enacted. Since government guidelines on personal data protection will apply only within the National Health Service and not to third parties, physicians fear that patients will withhold sensitive information vital to their treatment rather than risk disclosure to employers, insurers, or local authorities. The government denies that the legislation will take control of patient records away from doctors, and appears unwilling to allow amendments to the bill that might make it more acceptable to the medical community. (KIE abstract)
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