GP practice opts ALL patients out of NHS data giveaway. Ask yours to do the same

Here’s an interesting message, publicised by a civil servant at the Department of Health:

You’ll be aware that the Tories had been planning to pass private details of your mental and sexual health, criminal records, smoking and drinking habits to profiteers without telling you.

They had created a scam scheme in which they would hand over the medical histories of more than 55 million NHS England patients to profit-making organisations – unless the patients opted out.

But they never actually bothered to tell anybody what they were doing.

Instead, people found out through sites like this one – and kicked up such an outcry that the government announced it was delaying the data upload from the beginning of July to the beginning of September.

Announcing the delay, Health Minister Jo Churchill said ministers would use the extra time to “talk to doctors, patients and charities to strengthen the plan… and ensure data is accessed securely”.

I have no idea whether any of this has actually happened.

The message to Mr Thomas makes it clear that the government hasn’t been talking to patients, despite the assurance that it would.

It also suggests very strongly that whatever the government has been doing, it has made a liar of Ms Churchill.

So the action taken by his GP practice to opt all patients out seems entirely appropriate and I would urge anybody in England who has not received any communication about the plan from the government to contact your own GP practice and ask for it to do the same.

It’s what I’d be doing if I lived in England.

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2 thoughts on “GP practice opts ALL patients out of NHS data giveaway. Ask yours to do the same

  1. Jon Lisle-Summers

    I’ve opted out for my current GP surgery. Next month I’ll have moved to a different town so I’ve registered with a new surgery… Which gave me a mountain of forms to complete amongst which was not an opt-out form…
    It was supplied upon request. Which caused me to wonder why they can ask me, in forms, for everything under the sun…. Why not the opt-out? Are the ranks of GPs split on this one?
    Was this surgery hoping I wouldn’t know to ask? It’s worrying.

  2. Frances Kay

    Well done Mike, this information needs to be broadcast to all patients living in England. If people know what is happening they will surely act in unison to bring down this get rich quick Tory scheme.

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