Ruling casts doubt over the legality of patient database

GP calls on government to ditch plans for a single NHS database. The NHS could be forced to completely rethink its £6 billion patient database, because it is unlawful under the European Convention of Human Rights, it has been claimed.

Legal experts argue that a ruling from the European court in Strasbourg shows that punishments for misuse of data are not enough to ensure confidentiality. As a result, they say, the NHS database could be in breach of Article 8 of the convention, which protects the right to privacy.

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