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Offentlighetsprincipens osäkra framtid. Om de arkivjuridiska konsekvenserna av vårdprivatisering
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of ALM.
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The Insecure Future for the Swedish Principle of Public Access to Official Records: on the ArchivalConsequences of Healthcare under Private ownership (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to understand what happens with the Swedish principle of public access to officialrecords when healthcare is put under private ownership. Will there be any insight and what will be theconsequences for the archives? The Swedish principle of public access to official records indeed appear to bethreatned. With all this restricitions and privatizations something has happend. Are perhaps these privatizationsjust one more restriction that will end up in a closed community?Both public and private healtcare use case records as an instrument of work. The difference is that records inpublic healthcare also become official records wich means that they will be preserved for eternity. Private recordson the contrary will only be kept for ten years after the last note.It is obvious that the question about public access has not been top priority when the privatizations started.For example did no one of the politicians the author of this thesis asked have a good answer to what happens.Most of them did not even seem to understand the question. Some did not even understand the law. It is alsomissing in the agreements that are being signed after a public procurement. Unfortunately does the principle ofaccess not seem to be prioritized at all.The Swedish archival law states that the archives exists to give access to the records, for the administrationand jurisdiction, and last but not least for the needs of researchers. This thesis shows that none of this purposeswill be fulfilled in healthcare under private ownership. The consequenses for the archives will be less recordswich means that insight in the administration is made impossible. Patients may also have problems when theirrecords cease to exist. How can they prove they where mistreated and what happens if the doctors do not see theirhypersensitivity to penicillin? Even the researchers may experience problems since many records no longer willbe preserved. They will problably have considerably less material to examine.The Swedish law states that insight and acces are important because it means all-round information and freeopinions. But is that really what symbolize today’s society? More work and more discussions is of crucialimportance to solve this problem. This thesis pinpoints problems and fears but it is not in any respect the onlyanswer. It will only show the reader what is the fact and why we need to take this seriously. Without discussionand debate the principle of public access to official records could be gone in no time.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 53 p.
Uppsatser inom arkivvetenskap, ISSN 1651-6087
Keyword [en]
The principle of public access to official records, privatization, archival law, handling case records
Keyword [sv]
Offentlighetsprincipen, privatisering, arkivjuridik, journalhantering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-165307OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-165307DiVA: diva2:472895
Subject / course
Archival Science
Educational program
Master Programme in ALM
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-05-31 Created: 2012-01-04 Last updated: 2012-05-31Bibliographically approved

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