Friday, December 01, 2006

NHS 'opt-out'

First we have Polly Toynbee disparaging:
"the fuss over Big Brother CCTV cameras or the fear of better NHS computer records..."
...on the basis that the News of the World has done far worse things, and now:
The Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, has written a letter to all GPs and hospital medical directors telling them that if patients try to opt out of the central collection of their medical data, the Secretary of State must be told.
The full story is over on light blue touchpaper. Hmm, there seem to be a lot of veiled threats in the air today.

Update 2.12.06: More in the Guardian 'GPs angered by call to reveal names of NHS database rebels'

2 Comments:

At Sunday, December 03, 2006 5:09:00 PM, Blogger Carlotta said...

Too late. I've already done asked to opt out and am left wondering if passing on such information (which may be a factor in the maintenance of my own mental health), is not already a contravention of doctor/patient confidentiality?

 
At Sunday, December 03, 2006 5:14:00 PM, Blogger archrights said...

I think you'll find the BMA agrees with you. See: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=DLFGMAJEMOJBDQFIQMFSFGGAVCBQ0IV0?xml=/news/2006/12/03/nhs03.xml

 

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