Government Plans to Share Patient Data-through ATOS!

Can I draw the attention of all UK members, to the governments plans to share your health data.

But for a campaign by several organisations, around now, GPs would be having to supply your health data to a body contracted by government, to share your data. The recently appointed body that is to run this on behalf of government is reported to be ATOS, the French firm that has brought misery to so many disabled people on benefits.

It seems that not everyone is aware of these plans, or that you are automatically opted in unless you take steps to opt out (even then, the police can still access your records). A leaflet has been send to every household- but mine was tucked in amongst the junk main that usually goes straight into the recycle bin.

Many doctors are opposed to this plan believing it will adversely affect patient client confidentiality.

The widespread opposition to these plans has resulted in their implementation being delayed for six months .

I am bringing this to your attention so that you can make an informed choice. I am not an expert on this, I just think the way it has been done is devious - and if I needed convincing, the fact that ATOS is involved is an absolute decider.

You can read plenty more, and get both sides of the arguments by going to most newspaper sites and using the search terms 'NHS Data'. Doing so on the Guardian website brings up about a hundred items.

If you wish to opt out, write to your doctor and tell him or her. If you do nothing, you are counted as agreeing. The decision is yours.

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  • Thank you, I am aware, but this a good timely reminder, thanks for taking the trouble...MaryF

  • I completed up the opt - out confirmation form at my GP surgery reception this afternoon. You do not need see or write to your GP, just ask the receptionist.

    I thought about scanning the form and posting it here, but it is specific to each GP surgery.

  • Thank you Tim, I wasn't too bothered but I am now ATOS is involved. I will now opted out on this information alone.

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