I'd be interested to hear some informed views about the NHS's Health and Social Care Information Centre. A new scheme whereby GPs will pass all confidential patient medical records to a Care Database and from which the NHS can sell information to third parties including insurance companies. This is coming in soon and unless you send a written opt out, it will happen. I have only heard scare stories in the media during the week and I've sent my GP an opt-out as a result - but it would be good to hear of a more sympathetic angle to the story, if there is one. Some of the press stories poo poo'd NHS suggestions that the records would be anonymised. Opponents say it will be quite easy for an insurance company, for example, to identify persons from the information they purchase.
There it is. Sinister Big Brother, a worrying way for the NHS to make some money or a sensible scheme which will bring benefits to all of us? Any thoughts?