Your notes are the property of the secretary of state – but he has never had them before until after death. Now he and the PM want them before death.. It is the “data” that they really want, and they seem to think it will help the assessment of GP workload. It will, but it is only part of the picture, and using the data alone would reinforce the over-management style of the last 20 years. \why not trust the professionals – they say they are overworked so they are… Taking time to get the data is simply procrastination.. The ethical issues don’t worry NHSreality as the politicians don’t have the brainpower and the time to drill down to individual level. Their failures in IT so far tell us they won’t get far! Anonymised data sets are essential to preserve confidentiality – especially if psychiatric histories are not to become a potential time bomb. Selling data to drug companies can be safe – but is any IT handling safe in government hands?
Privacy campaigners raise concerns over NHS official’s letter to IT companies asking for confidential data for patients who get a ‘seven-day’ service
Major Projects Authority says care.data and NHS Choices schemes have ‘major issues’ with schedule, budget and project definition
and on 17th June 2015: NHS patient data audit uncovers ‘significant lapses’ in confidentiality
In a worse case scenario NHSreality can forsee GP records being culled to contain the minimum, and a written old fashioned record, or a second database being used for “confidential data”. Already this may have to happen in Wales, where punishment for going private is endemic..