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Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Companies and research organisations will be able to apply for access to the data. For a price, extracts can be bought and utilised by companies to determine health trends in different parts of the country. The information will also give life habits such as smoking, and alcohol use.
The Health and Social Care Information Centre who will be responsible for the data base accepts that it is not possible to completely anonymise the information.
Patients will no longer be confident who holds information on their medical health or what will be done with it.
This is a real scandal and the Trade Union Movement needs to speak out against this gross interference in people’s privacy. The Labour Party should be screaming from the roof tops of The Commons demanding a total block of selling or even providing information on the nation’s health to corporate fat cats. It is our data and it should remain private.
Contact your MP now and demand that she or he stops this obscene racket.