Posted by: Nicholas Swetenham | March 3, 2009

The end of confidentiality? – 2

The BMA issued a press release yesterday on the Coroners and Justice Bill which I discussed 2 weeks ago.

Despite vocal opposition from the other parties, clause 152 is still in the bill. From the press release:

Dr Hamish Meldrum, Chairman of Council at the BMA, says:

“The doctor-patient relationship is based on trust.  If patients cannot be 100% sure that their records are confidential, they will inevitably be reluctant to share vital information with their doctor.

“The Justice Secretary has indicated that he is willing to amend this legislation to protect a person’s right to confidentiality.  We welcome the fact that he is taking people’s concerns on board, and hope he will provide assurances that confidential health information will be exempt.”

This time, the press release has been successfully picked up by the Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, the Daily Mail and BBC Online.

Please write to your MP to state your position on

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