NHS England's Plans to Share Health Records

If you live in England, you have until the beginning of September to tell the NHS that you do not want your medical records – including information on mental and sexual health – to be copied into a huge database that will be shared with third parties.

The NHS has quietly started plans to roll out the Covid-19 data store only a couple of months after it first appeared on a blog post – hardly enough of a public notice to inform the 55m patients that it will affect. Since the Financial Times brought the issue to light last week, there has been some backlash against the plan. As a result the opt-out date has been put back from the original 23rd June.

For more information:

Financial Times: https://www.ft.com/content/9fee812f-6975-49ce-915c-aeb25d3dd748

Healthcare IT News: https://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/emea/privacy-fears-over-nhs-plans-share-gp-medical-records-third-parties

Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/jun/01/gps-urged-to-refuse-to-hand-over-patient-details-to-nhs-digital

Google: type into the search bar "55 million patients records nhs delayed".  Several articles from reputable sources available for reading.

You can opt out by printing this form and giving it to your GP or by using the NHS app (not the NHS Covid one) to register your decision.

It is your decision so please read these articles and make up your own mind.

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Please note: SCKPA is not making any recommendation. It is a personal decision.