This is a lovely story about how an NHS ‘Trust’ shared a patient’s personal and sensitive information, without her consent, with a council.
After Elizabeth Dove saw her GP about suspected depression she was dismayed and angry to find that her sensitive NHS records were put on a database which was shared with staff at the local council.
But it was no mistake: Dove discovered that it is routine for the NHS to make medical information on some patients accessible to some employees of local councils.
Doctors have told Computer Weekly that GPs refer patients to the local Primary Care Trust which shares some medical information with the local council through joint computer systems. The data sharing is done in the name of “offering best care”.
It is all for our own good and they know best.
And besides, they aren’t her sensitive NHS records, they are the Government’s, and they can do what they like with them.
…whether or not to confirm or deny that they hold information relating to the Interception Modernisation Programme (that lovely system that will store the details of our communications over telephone, email, and the interwebs) – see the Open Rights Group.
The Government really is a parody of itself:
We are currently assessing the public interest in saying whether or not we hold the information you have requested …
This letter should not be taken as conclusive evidence that the information you have requested exists or does not exist.
I wonder if the public interest is served by such a reply.
I wonder if the public interest would be served by denying that the information requested existed if it did in fact exist.