160706 keyboardIt seems the government is about to resurrect the privatisation of our medical records, but this time without even telling us.

The government review into the care.data scheme recommended the scheme be scrapped.

But buried in the report is a new scheme to sell our medical records to big corporations.

The government’s review proposes to allow medical records from your family doctor, (possibly including NHS Numbers, diagnoses, referrals, prescriptions along with postcodes and dates of birth) to be uploaded to a giant national database – but this time without telling us or asking for our consent.

One of the schemes to replace care.data is called the “Single GP dataset”. The government’s review into care.data proposes to send all patient records from family GPs to the central database without the express consent of patients. Once in the system, it can be “sold” to any customers of the ‘Health and Social Care Information centre”, including private companies.

The government buried this announcement on the day of the report into the Iraq War. It is hoping no one will notice this new land grab on our medical records.

As is now inevitable with such attempts at skulduggery, the plan has been exposed and there is a petition against it, which you can sign here.


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