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Patient Records

Volume 406: debated on Monday 9 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will have (a) ownership and (b) control of a patient record when electronic patient records are introduced. [116874]

Patient medical records are owned by the national health service.Physical custody and control of patient medical records is normally the responsibility of the treating practice or trust. Electronic records may physically be held by third party service organisations. In all cases, storage of, and access to records is subject to NHS security policy and standards.Access to the content of patient medical records, whether electronic or paper, is subject to NHS security and confidentiality policy, in particular Health Service Circular HSC1988/089 "Implementing the Caldicott Report", and the provisions of the Data Protection Act (1998) and the Health and Social Care Act (2001).