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To: The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Chief Executive Officer of the NHS
Stop our personal medical records being taken by NHS Digital
Do not allow NHS Digital to take our personal and confidential medical data from GP practices from 1 July 2021 without our explicit permission.
Our medical records should be held in trust, not shared without consultation with the general public.
We call on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Chief Executive Officer of the NHS to stop this data extraction urgently and to respect that these data are the result of a private and confidential exchange between doctor and patient and that this confidentially should be respected and protected.
Why is this important?
Unless each of us opts out by 23 June 2021, our individual medical records from the time we were born or first registered with a GP practice, are to be extracted by NHS Digital (at the Government's behest) from 1 July 2021. This will include data about your symptoms, diagnoses and physical, and mental health - your private and confidential health data. These data will then be used for planning and possibly for research purposes and potentially sold for financial profit. This includes the summary of conversations you have had with your GP in the understanding that you were speaking in complete privacy. These data should be protected, not shared. I ask you to support the urgent cessation of this data extraction.