HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Medical research suffers under data protection law

Deaths will occur because of the effects of data protection law on British medical research, argue experts in this week's BMJ. Julian Peto and colleagues warn that the pointless obstacles that medical researchers face when they seek access to medical records are now causing serious damage.

They describe how the law hinders their work on cancer and suggest that the Data Protection Act and the Human Tissue Bill should be amended to allow access to data for non-commercial medical research without informed consent.

The Data Protection Act was intended to accommodate medical research. In practice, however, custodians of medical records are increasingly fearful of litigation, and the current government seems unlikely to grant the explicit exemption for non-commercial research that would resolve their fears, say the authors.

The Human Tissue Bill also threatens to hamper medical research unless crucial sections are clarified.

Lord Falconer has denied that the Data Protection Act prevents data from being passed to medical researchers. That those who enact and interpret radical social legislation should be so ignorant of its actual effects is alarming, they write.

Medical researchers have been allowed confidential access to medical records throughout the ages. Many lives and a great deal of public money would be saved if a high court judge concluded that the novel demand for informed consent has no basis either in law or in established common practice, they conclude.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-207-383-6529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
29-Apr-2004


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Medically supervised drug injection facilities safer for users
2. Medical molecules designed to respond to visible light that can penetrate tissue
3. Philanthropist Paul F. Glenn launches labs for aging research at Harvard Medical School
4. UCLA Medical Center becomes first hospital to introduce remote presence robots in ICU
5. New data on Orqis Medicals Cancion CRS to be reported at ACC
6. Medical technologies may hinder rather than help newborn survival
7. Medical meeting to feature research findings and disease prevention and health promotion sessions
8. LA BioMed Medical/Research briefs January 2005
9. Medical negligence system is secretive, unaccountable and unregulated
10. Dartmouth Medical School receives $1.6 million in AIDS funding
11. LA BioMed Medical/Research Briefs December 2004

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:7/22/2020)... ... July 22, 2020 , ... Ocean ... compositions of matter and manufacturing processes from Brock University for jurisdictions throughout North ... , sold by Brock University provides the manufacturing processes of novel opioid related ...
(Date:7/22/2020)... TULSA, Okla. (PRWEB) , ... July 22, 2020 ... ... today announced the launch of its new Data Curation as a Service ... targeted use case modules focus on specific clinical data curation parameters and are ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... 2020 , ... HMI Performance Incentives’ campaign, Spread Kindness, which ... charitable push put together to help spread positivity in the wake of the ... asked individuals in its audience to share stories, answering questions such as “who ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... 17, 2020 , ... With government legislation stating that hospitality and retail businesses ... either a mask or visor, there has been a drastic increase in demand for ... led to a spike in single-use plastic products being produced. , Due to ...
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... Believing that everyone ... is evolving its brand. While the global company continues to offer weight wellness ... emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. The company announced the news today at its virtual ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/10/2020)... WINNIPEG, Manitoba (PRWEB) , ... July 10, 2020 ... ... a global medical device company and advanced manufacturing solutions provider today announced that ... Health Canada approval. , The Company has engineered a new 3D-printed swab design ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 10, 2020 , ... ... with 25 years of experience and more than 12 million guests, unveiled its ... implies, it promotes care and attention in all facets of the operation, safety, ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... 09, 2020 , ... The Urgent Care Association (UCA), College of Urgent Care ... present a virtual education on acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), an uncommon but serious condition ... CT on July 14, 2020. , AFM, which is most prevalent in children, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: