East Lancashire patients told of move to share their information

East Lancashire patients told of move to share their information

East Lancashire patients told of move to share their information

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EAST Lancashire households have received a leaflet which explains changes to the way the NHS shares patient information.

The national changes are aimed at highlighting different diseases and conditions that may require more NHS investment, as well as improving services.

The move has been criticised by privacy campaigners, but patients can refuse their data being used for purposes other than their direct care by contacting their GP.

Dr Mike Ions, chief clinical officer at East Lancashire Clincial Commissioning Group, said: “It’s relatively easy to opt out. You just need to speak to your GP .”

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6:59pm Mon 3 Feb 14

pwitch says...

Well i understand we live in East Lancashire and we have not had any information about this. Where did the newspaper get this information from please?
Well i understand we live in East Lancashire and we have not had any information about this. Where did the newspaper get this information from please? pwitch
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11:05pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ste.g says...

i have opted out.they want the info so they can sell it on to pharmacy and insurance companies to name but two.the government are trying to force the doctors to put it on.dont let them
i have opted out.they want the info so they can sell it on to pharmacy and insurance companies to name but two.the government are trying to force the doctors to put it on.dont let them ste.g
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11:08pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ste.g says...

google for more info
NHS sale of patient records is a national outrage | Sodiu
google for more info NHS sale of patient records is a national outrage | Sodiu ste.g
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11:11pm Mon 3 Feb 14

ste.g says...

This is yet more evidence that no aspect of the NHS is safe in the hands of this coalition that is seemingly incapable of leaving any aspect of the NHS free of neoliberal meddling and easy profits for big corporations.

Day by day our NHS is being dismantled and perverted into a series of profit making opportunities for a cabal of grubby rent seekers.

It is outrageous that patients can have their confidential care records sold on to a third party without their consent – NHS England’s own risk assessment said this risked poisoning the trust that patients have in the service.

It is a breach of trust that the NHS is insisting that patients cannot be identified when their own risk assessment says that they can be and many analysts have said that in combination with other data sources that identification could be relatively straightforward.

It is cynical and dishonest for the government to dress this scheme up as simply a boon for researchers (which in a few limited cases it may be) when they know as well as anyone that private firms will use the information to gain an unfair advantage over NHS tenders for services.

It is a national scandal that the government is trying to get anticipatory compliance from GP’s by threatening to ‘investigate’ those practices where patients opt out in numbers – clearly the intention is to stop GP’s from drawing this to the attention of their patients.

The whole scheme is a national disgrace and one that is being rolled out quietly in the hope of avoiding scrutiny.

Every right thinking should make a lot of noise about this and get everyone to opt out – that will sink this scheme once and for all.
This is yet more evidence that no aspect of the NHS is safe in the hands of this coalition that is seemingly incapable of leaving any aspect of the NHS free of neoliberal meddling and easy profits for big corporations. Day by day our NHS is being dismantled and perverted into a series of profit making opportunities for a cabal of grubby rent seekers. It is outrageous that patients can have their confidential care records sold on to a third party without their consent – NHS England’s own risk assessment said this risked poisoning the trust that patients have in the service. It is a breach of trust that the NHS is insisting that patients cannot be identified when their own risk assessment says that they can be and many analysts have said that in combination with other data sources that identification could be relatively straightforward. It is cynical and dishonest for the government to dress this scheme up as simply a boon for researchers (which in a few limited cases it may be) when they know as well as anyone that private firms will use the information to gain an unfair advantage over NHS tenders for services. It is a national scandal that the government is trying to get anticipatory compliance from GP’s by threatening to ‘investigate’ those practices where patients opt out in numbers – clearly the intention is to stop GP’s from drawing this to the attention of their patients. The whole scheme is a national disgrace and one that is being rolled out quietly in the hope of avoiding scrutiny. Every right thinking should make a lot of noise about this and get everyone to opt out – that will sink this scheme once and for all. ste.g
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