A project, the new ‘General Practice Extraction Service’ and
championed by Health Minister, Jeremy Hunt, will consolidate
NHS patient records and send them to a central database. Your
GPs will be complicit in this drive by the NHS England which will
start this September.
Described by campaigners as an “unprecedented threat” to medical
confidentiality but as interestingly, your doctor does not have to inform
you that your records are being passed on.
The records will include details of your medical conditions, such as
“Are you a Smoker and for how long or did you smoke”, “Alcohol Intake”,
any know “Food Intake Indicators”, Sexually Transmitted Diseases,
Cancer, and you, the patient, would be identifiable as the records would
include your NHS number, postcode, date of birth, gender and ethnicity.
Once in the data base these records would be available to any company or
organisation that has registered for access for the princely sum of £1:00.
These companies could be Private Medical Insurance, such as BUPA but could
also be Household and Personal Insurance Companies, Loans Companies, Mortgage
Lenders the list could be extensive and available to these people by applying to the
Using simple algorithms to search using a computer, the data, cross referenced
with publicly available records, say the electoral register, would allow malicious
searches to identify a patient’s medical records.
So far 55 organisations have been accredited to apply for identifiable or
sensitive data. Most of these are NHS bodies, but BUPA, the Institute for
Fiscal Studies and hospital comparison firm ‘Dr Foster’ have also acquired
Perhaps you may want to let your GP know you are not happy about letting your,
what you thought were confidential medical records, into the wild.
Just for your information I asked my GP for a copy of my medical records and
was told that I could have them after paying £75:00.
Could be worth a letter to your Doctor.