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Labour U turn on data sharing your medical records

Labour’s Justice secretary Jack Straw has dropped controversial proposals that medical bodies had warned could see patients’ confidential medical records being passed to anyone who asks.

It had been feared that the proposals, in clause 152 of the Coroners and Justice Bill, would allow not only the labour government to access medical records but also share them with other any other global organisation.

Concerns

But a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said following concerns that the clause as defined was very wide and the powers it provided could be misused, Mr Straw had asked cabinet colleagues to withdraw the clause and launch a further consultation.

The U-turn came after eight organisations – the British Medical Association, the Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Nursing, the Faculty of Public Health, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Medical Defence Union, and the Medical Protection Society – wrote to Mr Straw protesting about the proposals.

‘Disastrous impact’

The organisations had warned that the clause would “undermine the presumption of confidentiality, corrode trust in the doctor-patient relationship and could have a disastrous impact on both the health of individuals and the public”.

On Monday, January 26, 2009 Health Direct warned in: Your health records- open to all in new labour data disaster

NO2ID and Health Direct has been warning since 2006/7 about the stated intentions of the labour government “to overcome current barriers to information sharing within the public sector”.

This current labour wheeze is only the latest example of the extent to which labour are trying to turn the UK into a big brother stalinist state.

There is absolutely no guarantee that they will not try another scheme in the next thirteen months. If you were stupid enough to allow your medical records to be added to the IT white elephant you are still not safe.

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