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Jilted NHS staff will use the new national electronic patient record to find and murder their ex-lovers, a leading IT expert has claimed.

Ewan Davies, chair of the British Computer Society primary health care specialist group, said it was inevitable that some of the 700,000-

plus staff with access to the record would use it inappropriately.

He said: 'Someone will get shot by an ex-lover as a result of something they discover through the National Care Records Scheme. People will die for sure as a result of disclosure of information.'

He cited the example of a victim of domestic abuse who could be traced by a partner who worked in the NHS.

'If you are the subject of domestic violence you might regret putting your details on the spine,' he said.

Mr Davies added: 'We should have a debate so those people who feel at risk can take appropriate steps.'

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