NHS continues Connecting for Health medical database- despite promises

The NHS’s Connecting for Health CfH, NPfIT continues to push forward its plan to nationalise and centralise all medical records in England.

NHS continues Connecting for Health medical database CfH- despite contrary promisesThis despite a misleading announcement from the Department of Health that uploads to the Summary Care Record (SCR) aka Snoopers Charter are ‘on hold’.

In just the last few days, the medical press has reported that:

  • NHS East Riding of Yorkshire began sending out notification letters to patients the day before election day;
  • GP practices in Hastings, East Sussex have uploaded records over the past 2-3 weeks, despite patients complaining they hadn’t received a notification letter;
  • At least 9 other Primary Care Trusts are working towards upload, and practice managers – not GPs – may already have given the go-ahead for upload at some practices in South West Essex.

Clearly, whatever deal was agreed between the British Medical Association and the NHS, there is no effective barrier to upload. And CfH is desperate to create a ‘critical mass’ of records, which it thinks will make the system impossible to scrap.

Health Direct warns that you need to act quickly.

30 million ‘Patient Information Packs’ were sent out in the run-up to the general election. No-one knows how many failed to reach their intended target. Both parties that now form the new government pledged to scrap the Care Records system but, every day that uploads continue, people’s medical confidentiality is being put at risk.

Please take a few minutes now or today to write to your new MP, urging him or her to call for an immediate halt to Summary Care Record uploads. POWER2010 has very kindly built an online letter-writing tool to help
you do this: http://www.power2010.org.uk/Halt

On the subject of the Nanny State’s Snoopers Charters- Home Information Packs (HIPs) were announced in the Queen’s Speech in November 2003, so were plans for a national ID scheme. The introduction of HIPs was subject to delays and plans were scaled back – just like the ID scheme.

In 2009 HIPS were finally issued and so were ID cards. The scrapping of HIPs was a manifesto pledge by the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats, so was scrapping ID cards.

Yesterday Eric Pickles MP, the new Communities Secretary announced that “HIPs are history” and “laid an Order suspending HIPs with immediate effect” (pending primary legislation for a permanent abolition).

Meanwhile ID cards are still being issued and the UK Identity and Passport website states: “Until Parliament agrees otherwise, identity cards remain valid and as such can still be used as an identity document and for travel within Europe.” Alas we still await a Pickles style announcement from the Home Office.  See http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1591777

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