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‘Biggest data grab in NHS history’

Home - by - February 2, 2013 - 16:00 America/New_York - 13 Comments


Big brother to log your drinking habits and waist size as GPs are forced to hand over confidential records

GPs are to be forced to hand over confidential records on all their patients’ drinking habits, waist sizes and illnesses.

The files will be stored in a giant information bank that privacy campaigners say represents the  ‘biggest data grab in NHS history’.

They warned the move would end patient confidentiality and hand personal information to third parties.

The data includes weight, cholesterol levels, body mass index, pulse rate, family health history, alcohol consumption and smoking status.

Diagnosis of everything from cancer to heart disease to mental illness would be covered. Family doctors will have to pass on dates of birth, postcodes and NHS numbers.

Officials insisted the personal information would be made anonymous and deleted after analysis.

But Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at Cambridge University, said: ‘Under these proposals, medical confidentiality is, in effect, dead and there is currently nobody standing in the way.’ Nick Pickles, of the privacy group Big Brother Watch, said NHS managers would now be in charge of our most confidential information.

He added: ‘It is unbelievable how little the public is being told about what is going on, while GPs are being strong-armed into handing over details about their patients and to not make a fuss.

‘Not only have the public not been told what is going on, none of us has been asked to give our permission for this to happen.’

The data grab is part of Everyone Counts, a programme to extend the availability of patient data across the Health Service.

GPs will be required to send monthly updates on their patients to a central database run by the NHS’s Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Health chiefs will be able to demand information on every patient, such as why they have been referred to a consultant. Another arm of the NHS will supply data on patient prescriptions.

In a briefing for GPs, health chiefs admit that ‘patient identifiable components’ will be demanded, including post code and date of birth.

NHS officials insist the information centre will be a ‘safe haven’ for personal data, which will be deleted soon after it is received.

The information will be used to analyse demand for services and improve treatment.

But a document outlining the scheme even raises the prospect of clinical data being passed on or sold to third parties.

It states: ‘The patient identifiable components will not be released outside the safe haven except as permitted by the Data Protection Act.

‘HSCIC … will store the data and link it only where approved and necessary, ensuring that patient confidentiality is protected.’

Personal: The data collected includes pulse rate, weight, cholesterol levels, body mass index, family health history, alcohol and smoking status


Patients will not be able to opt out of the system.



  1. Eleanor in Hell

    February 2nd, 2013

    Christian Scientists will be the only ones left standing after that Medical Holocaust takes place.


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  2. F.D.R. in Hell

    February 2nd, 2013

    They might as well tattoo numbers on every baby’s forearm after that law goes into effect.

    Wait… it’s already in effect under OshitCare?

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  3. Eleanor in Hell

    February 2nd, 2013

    Gun Licenses?

    Hell’s Bells, this type of information could be perverted into denying such things as Driver’s Licenses. The possibilities of misuse are limitless.

    Don’t fall for the “privacy promises”… total BS.

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  4. Unneutral

    February 2nd, 2013

    If you have anything that is truely private it simply means the government is not involved.

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  5. thirdtwin

    February 2nd, 2013

    NHS “Safe Haven”…

    Kind of like Rick Warren’s “Cone of Silence”.

    Or Algore’s Social Security “Lock Box”.

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  6. Reiuxcat

    February 2nd, 2013

    It’s already started, my GP has informed me they have switched to Obamacare databases as prescribed by law. (they did say they held back all “old” info on the patients records.)

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  7. thirdtwin

    February 2nd, 2013

    As Ace might say,

    “Your Mouth.

    I promise it’s a safe haven from my penis.”

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  8. Slaphappypap

    February 2nd, 2013

    They could just hire these camel humping fucktards.


    They should try doing this to someone with some balls.

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  9. Edith McCrotch

    February 2nd, 2013

    I’ve outsmarted Obamacare before they get me…

    I buy these little magic pills down on MLK Drive and now I’ll never be sick again.

    I also do absolutely nothing so as to cut down on any accidents. But if something were to happen, I have my “cone of healing” set up in the den for that purpose.

    See…problem solved!!!!

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  10. RosalindJ

    February 2nd, 2013

    Well, the state must be apprised of the condition of its property. Right?

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  11. sablegsd

    February 2nd, 2013

    Resist, GP’s.

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  12. woody

    February 2nd, 2013

    Typical of government to wrap it all up in a sugary sweet moniker- “Everybody Counts”


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  13. Eleanor in Hell

    February 2nd, 2013

    Woody, you read it wrong…
    it’s “Every Body Counts”


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