Confidentiality, Ethics, and the Law
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1984 Feb 25; 288(6417): 657-658.
This brief report discusses the British Medical Association's reservations concerning two bills pending in the House of Commons. Clauses in the Data Protection Bill pertaining to accessing and transferring computerized information could affect physicians' ability to protect the confidentiality of patients' records. A code of guidance proposed by the government would apply only within the National Health Service and not to outside data users. The Police and Criminal Evidence Bill is the second piece of legislation being monitored by the BMA. Its provision for intimate body searches of prisoners without consent has prompted the Home Office to request guidance from the BMA and the General Medical Council. (KIE abstract)
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