Health minister says law will be changed so that a court order is needed to release information without consent

The health minister, Greg Hunt, has been forced to back down because of escalating controversy over My Health Records, saying legislation will be amended to no record can be released to police or government agencies without a court order.

The adjustment, confirmed late on Tuesday night, follows general practitioners and social services groups calling for major changes to My Health Record to ensure it can only be used for medical purposes.

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