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Personal medical data shared with council

Posted in database state by ukliberty on September 25, 2008

This is a lovely story about how an NHS ‘Trust’ shared a patient’s personal and sensitive information, without her consent, with a council.

Tony Collins (Computer Weekly):

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”.

Of course!

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.

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