Legal briefing

Stand by for the result of an appeal which will affect the rights of health authorities to use patient data for research and detecting financial fraud. As HSJ went to press, the appeal, about patient confidentiality, was expected to start at the end of November. The parties are the Department of Health and a commercial data company, Source Informatics. Intervening are the General Medical Council, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and the National Pharmaceutical Association.