Controversial scheme not exactly ditched after all, says Life Sciences Minister

Many people are pleased about NHS England’s decision to ditch the scheme to share patients’ confidential medical GP records across the whole range of NHS and social care organisations, because its patient consent and opt-out model was inadequate.

But although the headlines said one thing, the small print said another: it turns out that Life Sciences Minister George Freeman has announced that although the scheme will now be scrapped, work on setting up a system for shared confidential patient data will now be taken forward by the National Information Board.

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No opportunity to speak truth to power at NHS England’s Citizen Participation event, say Calderdale 38 Degrees supporters

Calderdale 38 Degrees supporters who attended NHS England’s “Citizen Participation” meeting  in York on Tuesday 17th June found the event full of contradictions.

Roger O’Doherty and Morrilly Gudenuff (not the delegate’s real name!) were among 38 Degrees supporters calling on NHS England to come clean about undisclosed meetings with private health care lobbyists and the role of Big Pharma in drafting its plans.

They handed NHS England a petition, signed by over 140,000 people, demanding that NHS England declares all its meetings with lobbyists, as well as any conflicts of interest. Continue reading

NHS England plans to sell your personal confidential data – here’s how you can stop them from grabbing it

Patients only have until the end of February to opt out from having their personal confidential medical data extracted from GPs’ computers on a monthly basis, without their consent, and sent to a new national database called

Starting from March 2014, the Health & Social Care Act 2012 requires GPs to send each patient’s Personal Confidential Data (PCD) data to the system without any prior consent – unless patients specifically opt out. It’s simple to opt out, as outlined below.

The system is run by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), using software and services procured from ATOS, a private company.
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