Sophie Borland reports in the Daily Mail,that Health Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) making checks on GPs’ surgeries, are routinely looking through patient medical records without seeking the consent of patients.
The CQC claims it was granted legal powers to see the files without seeking consent under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.
Dr Chaand Nagpaul, chairman of the British Medical Association’s GP committee, said:
“The confidentiality of private medical information is the basis of the trust that patients put in their family doctors and it is vital that this is not compromised. If CQC inspectors want to have access to the private medical records of patients they need to put in place systems that obtain the explicit consent of patients.”