Southend Keep Our NHS Public has concerns about the Health and Social Care Information Centre

Echo: Patients urged to opt out of NHS data plan: Southend Keep Our NHS Public has concerns about the Health and Social Care Information Centre Patients urged to opt out of NHS data plan: Southend Keep Our NHS Public has concerns about the Health and Social Care Information Centre

A CAMPAIGN group fighting privatisation in the NHS is urging patients to opt out of a new central system for medical records.

Southend Keep Our NHS Public has concerns about the Health and Social Care Information Centre, which will hold the records of patients.

People are being asked through their GPs if they wish to opt out of this to keep their data private.

Norman Traub, secretary of the group, said: “Patients do have the right to opt out of this process, but the onus is on them to ask for an opt-out, which can be exercised only until the end of this month.

“The problem with patients medical records being held at the HSCIC is that private companies can access this information on payment of a fee.

“Although the data is anonymised, it includes postcodes and NHS numbers.

“Companies that already have information on you, such as employers and insurance companies, would be able to match up the sources and details about you and your health would be available to them.

“In view of the fact that the system is open to abuse by these companies, our organisation opposes GPs having to release patients’ medical records and is campaigning for patients to opt out of the care data programme.”

The group nationally is asking the Government to come up with alternative proposals to enable data to be used in a safe way for research and planning.

Dr Traub urged people to write to their GPs asking to opt out of the scheme.

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2:26pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Dr Traub can consider it done.

Never heard anything so preposterous. Honestly, this country gets worse every day.

What next? Spy cameras inside every home to watch your every move?

Sounds far fetched but they'll do it if they can. I believe there are already spy satellites that can see inside buildings anyway.

Then there's the EU-instigated drones that we will all be stumping up for if they get their way. The sky will be full of these things watching our every move.

Big Brother is not a joke. It's a FACT and it's all gone too far.

And we continue to take this laying down, at our PERIL.

I hope everybody else is doing what I am doing next. Opting out of this disgusting intrusion.
Dr Traub can consider it done. Never heard anything so preposterous. Honestly, this country gets worse every day. What next? Spy cameras inside every home to watch your every move? Sounds far fetched but they'll do it if they can. I believe there are already spy satellites that can see inside buildings anyway. Then there's the EU-instigated drones that we will all be stumping up for if they get their way. The sky will be full of these things watching our every move. Big Brother is not a joke. It's a FACT and it's all gone too far. And we continue to take this laying down, at our PERIL. I hope everybody else is doing what I am doing next. Opting out of this disgusting intrusion. Kim Gandy
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6:17pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

Will do. Whilst I dont care a fig I will do it because of those who it would have a detrimental affect on. besides this is the thin end of the wedge we already have enough of our private info out there as can be seen with the amount of junk mail we get and the queries on our credit worthiness.
Will do. Whilst I dont care a fig I will do it because of those who it would have a detrimental affect on. besides this is the thin end of the wedge we already have enough of our private info out there as can be seen with the amount of junk mail we get and the queries on our credit worthiness. jolllyboy
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6:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

No
No Living the La Vida Legra
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