- Posted Monday March 24, 2014
I read today that details of my last hospital admission have been sold by the NHS to a private marketing company along with the records of 99,999,999 other patients.
Ok so my address and name were removed, but the Health & Social Care Information Centre admits there is a possibility that patients could be identified as “there remains a small risk of re-identification if data is put together with other data sources”. That’s alright then. Let’s rely on the morals of commercial companies just not to do that, shall we?
I thought a fundamental principle of the data protection act was that individuals would know who holds personal data and what it will be used for. Strangely, I can’t remember signing a consent form for this. No wonder I get spam emails and marketing phone calls from people who seem to know more about me than I do. It’s about time the toothless Information Commissioner took serious action where it counts and stopped the use of medical records fo r anything other than direct patient care.
I give my GP personal information in confidence so he can use it to help me, not help a drug company develop its profits. Where has the money gone from this? Not to my GP anyway.