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March 1, 2011

NHS Reforms May Endanger Patient Confidentiality, BMA Warns

Urgent action is needed to prevent patient confidentiality from being endangered by NHS reforms, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned. The BMA has expressed its concern over the lack of rules on the sharing of patient information in the Health and Social Care Bill.

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Urgent action is needed to prevent patient confidentiality from being endangered by NHS reforms, the British Medical Association (BMA) has warned.

The BMA has expressed its concern over the lack of rules on the sharing of patient information in the Health and Social Care Bill.

The bill gives broad powers to the health secretary and bodies such as the NHS Commissioning Board and the NHS Information Centre to obtain and disclose confidential patient information for a number of unspecified health purposes, it noted.

The BMA has written a letter to health minister Simon Burns, requesting that the bill is amended to ensure there are appropriate safeguards for patient confidentiality.

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