Sunday, November 12, 2006

Contemptuous government (again)

It's worrying that the 'patient tsar' deals so dismissively with concerns about the confidentiality of the Summary Care Record on the NHS data spine:

Harry Cayton, patient tsar and chair of the Care Record Development Board, tells the newspaper that "Dr Finlay’s days are over" and that the SCR will not damage trust between GP and patient.

“The NHS is not a set of personal private contacts,” he says.

How very modern, but research has repeatedly shown the importance of old-fashioned confidentiality to young people, and it's pretty clear that if it isn't guaranteed, many will simply vote with their feet. The implications for both personal and public health are enormous.

3 Comments:

At Monday, December 18, 2006 5:26:00 AM, Blogger Carlotta said...

Seems like they may be listening to reason finally...http://society.guardian.co.uk/health/story/0,,1973337,00.html

 
At Monday, December 18, 2006 5:32:00 AM, Blogger Carlotta said...

But then I find this: http://www.nhsconfidentiality.org/

Right OK.

 
At Monday, December 18, 2006 8:55:00 AM, Blogger archrights said...

There's this as well: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/Papers/tboo-pr-2006dec16.pdf

Seems as if the 'opt out' isn't quite what it seems.

 

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