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To: Health and Social Care Information Centre & NHS England
Prevent the Sale of NHS Patient Records to Drug and Insurance Companies
Dear Health and Social Care Information Centre & NHS England
Please do not allow the sale of confidential patient information to 3rd party organizations.
We value patient confidentiality highly. The current proposal, if approved, will destroy that.
The current proposals do not ensure anonymity, because post code and date of birth information can easily be cross referenced with other information databases such as the electoral roll.
The system should be OPT-OUT BY DEFAULT, and patients should be able to view any information that is being shared BEFORE opting in.
The population of England will be forever grateful to you for heeding this plea to protect our privacy.
Why is this important?
Patient Confidentiality is a key concept of healthcare, and close to most peoples' hearts.
These measures, if approved, would mean patient confidentiality will be permanently lost by Spring 2014. Once the data has been sold, it will be in the hands of the Insurance and Drug companies, and there's no guarantee it could ever be recovered.
This could lead to a future where patients are sold insurance based on a number in a database, with the patient never knowing why the insurance cannot be sold to them, or why it is being sold at a higher premium.
We want to govern our own futures, rather than risking something as vital as our healthcare on a database that could end up having the same flaws as automated credit checking systems.
We DO NOT want a future where someone pays a higher rate for a mortgage due to their mother dying of cancer.
For those who wish to opt-out of sharing this information, please visit this site: http://medconfidential.org/how-to-opt-out/
Further information about the care.data system here: http://www.care-data.info/
Also, a huge thanks to the owners of the above two websites for these invaluable resources.