Wednesday, December 27, 2006

BMA may seek NHS records system boycott

The British Medical Association will advise GPs to boycott the government's centralised medical databases unless the Department of Health obtains consent from all affected patients (via TheBigOptOut). The chief BMA IT negotiator Dr Richard Vautry told privacy newsletter OUT-LAW:

"If a patient were to take action as a result of information being uploaded to the record against their wishes it is likely in our view that it would be the GP that would find themselves in the firing line, and we think that's unacceptable and it's our responsibility as the BMA to ensure that GPs are not put in such a vulnerable situation."

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