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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Patients at risk amid data protection fears

SocietyGuardian.co.uk | Society | Patients at risk amid data protection fears

This article in today's Guardian considers the removal of patient name boards on wards could be putting patients at risk. It appears to be based on a paper in the BMJ Data protection gone too far: questionnaire survey of patients' and visitors' views about having their names displayed in hospital which explored the views of patients and visitors to having their names etc displayed on a board on their hospital ward and bedhead - which managers had insisted were removed as it may be in contravention of the data protection act. Most felt it would be perfectly acceptable to use name boards.

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