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Tuesday 27 September 2016
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BMA and police hold talks on gun owner information scheme

Medical chiefs have confirmed talks are under way with the police about sharing information on gun owners so that patients who could be a danger to themselves or others are flagged up.

Discussions have started between the British Medical Association (BMA), the police and the Home Office on how such a system might operate. One suggestion is electronic tags being placed in medical records of patients who own a firearms or shotgun licence.

The move comes just two weeks after taxi driver Derrick Bird shot dead 12 people and injured 11 others in Cumbria.

A BMA statement said: "Such a system can be appropriate, provided it is used as part of the ordinary care given to a patient. It can, for example, be a useful aide-mémoire, to remind doctors that the patient has, or may have, access to a firearm.

"Such a system should not, however, imply that the GP practice has taken on particular obligations to monitor or oversee the mental health of individuals holding firearms licences."

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