Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/05/25/nhs_records_guarantee/

Government issues NHS records guarantee

New rules on security and patient rights

By OUT-LAW.COM

Posted in Policy, 25th May 2005 11:31 GMT

New rules on the security of information to be held in the NHS Care Records Service, which will start rolling out across England next year, were published by the Government yesterday. It hopes that the rules will calm fears of privacy abuses.

The Service, a nationwide patient health record system, is intended to update the existing eclectic system, which relies on a mixture of paper and computer records, and is not always available to doctors in an emergency, which is when they need it most.

The new service will be centralised, and available to all those authorised to access it. This triggered concerns about privacy so, in response, the Government has published the Care Record Guarantee. The Guarantee makes 12 commitments to patients about their records. Guarantor of these new patient rights will be the Secretary of State for Health, currently Patricia Hewitt.

The Guarantee provides:

According to Health Minister Lord Warner, the rules will be backed up with tough security measures, ensuring that everyone can have confidence in the new Service.

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See: The Guarantee (Eight-page PDF)

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