Gov't medical records are anything but private
Get ready for more of this. Except it will happen here. The UK has admitted that many people haven't been given the opportunity to 'opt out' of the information sharing program. They also are admitting that many hospitals are refusing to release who has access to the "private" information of the patients who have opted in. Not that anyone should be surprised. WSJ did a piece on the dangers of private information like this getting into the wrong hands - as if the DHS isn't bad enough (See http://bit.ly/bJ45KJ).
From the Guardian (See http://bit.ly/baMNTe):
THE health trust which runs the borough's general hospital will not reveal how many people have access to YOUR confidential medical records, it has emerged.And from the Telegraph, see some of the problems you will have if you don't want your information shared with the gov't (See http://bit.ly/cksCcU):
Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRT), which runs King George Hospital in Ilford, refused to answer a freedom of information request about how many non-medical staff can access protected patient data, according to the Big Brother Watch group.
The report found that 101,272 non-medical personnel have access to patient records, which averages out at 723 per trust.
Big Brother Watch estimates that as many as 140,000 staff not directly involved in patient care could have access to the data, if all trusts were to respond.
Those who do not wish to have their details on the £11 billion computer system are supposed to be able to opt out by informing health authorities.As we said in the last post, having our medical information accessible by the DHS is crucial to rationing care and is a step on the way to becoming a single payer system. They won't admit it and think that we are crazy, but that is where these types of things lead.
But doctors have accused the Government of rushing the project through, meaning that patients have had their details uploaded to the database before they have had a chance to object.
The scheme, one of the largest of its kind in the world, will eventually hold the private records of more than 50 million patients.
But it has been dogged by accusations that the private information held on it will not be safe from hackers.
The British Medical Association claims that records have been placed on the system without patients’ knowledge or consent.