posted on Aug, 18 2013 @ 06:04 AM
I came across this whilst doing the rounds on the online Sunday papers.
It's from the Daily Fail, which isn't a great news source and they are sensationalist at best, but still a disturbing idea none the less.
A secret plan to sell confidential medical records to private companies for as little as £1 has been drawn up by officials. From next month,
GPs will start sending detailed NHS patient records to a central database for the first time under the new General Practice Extraction Service (GPES).
Yet doctors do not have to tell patients about the project, described by campaigners as an ‘unprecedented threat’ to medical confidentiality.
Mr Hunt believes that allowing universities and private groups access health information easier will attract pharmaceutical companies and life
sciences firms to the UK.
Follow the money! I'm sure many insurance companies will benefit from this greatly aswell.
Sensitive medical information will be included – for example whether a patient suffers from a condition such as cancer, heart disease or
depression – as well as lifestyle information such as alcohol consumption. Names and addresses will not be uploaded, but ‘patient identifiable
data’ including date of birth, postcode, gender and ethnicity will. Using publicly available records such as electoral rolls – which contain
postcode and dates of birth information – malicious individuals could then identify who the patient records belong to.
This is incredibly concerning,
One immediate thing that popped into my head when reading this, was people going to job interviews and the possibility of employers being able to pull
up your medical history to see if you are fit for the job. It doesn't state that would be the case, but this is a slippery slope.
edit on 18-8-2013 by skitzspiricy because: (no reason given)