Dear Gary Robjent


I am the chairman of the Medical Ethics Alliance a multifaith and Hippocratic alliance of medical organisations.

We are concerned with the above clause. Thank you for your letter concerning it of 8th February.

Our main anxiety is that a growing body of sensitive and private information on patients will be controlled by the Secretary of State who will be able to overide any common law duty of confidentiality.

We take the view that information such as one`s DNA profile should be under the control of the individual except in very restricted legal
circumstances.This should be statuory and to surrender these powers to the state ,is unacceptable.

If the BMA are still in touch with Government on this ,would you please give this further consideration.

Yours sincerely,
A P Cole,
Chairman Medical Ethics Alliance