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December 02, 2006

Pig Ignorant Prat.

Guardian:

The Department of Health provoked uproar among doctors yesterday by asking GPs in England to send in correspondence from objectors who do not want their confidential medical records placed on the Spine, a national NHS database.

Sir Liam Donaldson, the chief medical officer, said letters from patients who want to keep their private medical details out of the government's reach should be sent to Patricia Hewitt, the health secretary, for "full consideration".

Translation: we'd like to have a list of those malcontents who don't want to be on our other list so we can have them on a little list.

Christ. If these people were competent only then would we have to worry about whether they were fascists or not.

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Well, if we all send in a letter they'll be snowed under, won't they? I read somewhere that the idiot claimed that the letter you send to your doctor wouldn't be confidential because the very act of sending it to a doctor puts it in the public domain! What a wanker.

Posted by: MarkS | Dec 2, 2006 6:13:31 PM

Does this mean "objectors" will be getting a knock on the door at midnight from a "health visitor"?

I'm off to http://www.nhsconfidentiality.org/ to print off a letter so Hewitt can give me
"full consideration".

Posted by: Kit | Dec 2, 2006 6:22:06 PM

Bloody hell. I was at a talk by No2ID last week when they were handing out these letters to send to one's GP. I cannot believe this story; I actually cannot believe it. I mean obviously I can believe it, because it's so exactly the sort of thing Hewitt would do. But I can't believe she can do it and not find herself up by the heels from the nearest lampost PDQ.

Just one more excellent reason to fill in one of the letters and send it to your GP. Iceland managed to bring their database crashing to its knees when just 11% opted out. We CAN make it happen...

Posted by: TomMac | Dec 2, 2006 10:14:08 PM

Yes, but if we all send in a letter, it's also exactly the sort of thing Hewitt would do to ignore them completely and pretend they never arrived. Or to set a government target to read through them in, oh, about 10 years.

Someone should find a lamppost PDQ.

Posted by: The Angry Medic | Dec 3, 2006 5:05:23 AM

Angry medic:

"it's also exactly the sort of thing Hewitt would do to ignore them completely "

But it's not up to Hewitt: it's up to your GP. He's got to open your letter to find out what is in it.

If he then uploads your info to the spine, you've got a very serious breach of trust on your hands.

But, if I were in England/Wales rather than Scotland, I'd hand deliver my letter just to be sure...

Cleanthes

Posted by: Cleanthes | Dec 3, 2006 11:32:35 AM

TomMac: Iceland managed to bring their database crashing to its knees when just 11% opted out. We CAN make it happen...

If this system performs as well as all the other large govt IT projects, it'll crash all on its own! No need for further "help". :-)

Posted by: pogo | Dec 3, 2006 12:05:39 PM

I've been helping Helen Wilkinson run this opt-out campaign. You can find her website, with an opt-out letter for your GP, at http://www.thebigoptout.org. There are also useful links, to press articles, the recent ICO report on children's databases (which i helped write) and other security/privacy material, on our blog at http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org

Ross

Posted by: Ross Anderson | Dec 4, 2006 11:21:43 PM