John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for the incorporation of special case files into medical records at North Staffordshire NHS trust and the Royal Brompton hospital; and if she will take steps to ensure full integration of the records.
Caroline Flint (Minister of State (Public Health), Department of Health; Don Valley, Labour)
Information from special case files should not be included in medical records without the consent of the individual patient concerned. The patient should also agree the person to whom information should be disclosed, and this should normally be a clinician who is actively involved in providing care to the patient. A clinician in receipt of such information must determine whether to record it within the patient's record and should do so where the information is relevant to the ongoing care of the patient concerned.