In exclusive details passed to us by an anonymous source, the NHS are set to launch a electronic shift of all patient information to a database called SPINE, without informing the public.
Under the Health and Social Care act, your patient records will be available to ANYONE to read including pharmacists and receptionists not medically trained.
In a spineless move by the UK government, all patient details will be uploaded to the secret database WITHOUT consent from patients in order to keep tabs on their medical histories.
Patients are able to “opt out” of the initiative by the end of OCTOBER 2013. (That’s by today.)
The government have kept these initiatives to peruse private information of medical records as a secret from all national press and have not informed the public, either.
How to opt out
Head to your GP (General Practitioner/Doctor) and hand in a letter detailing you wish to opt out. Many templates can be found at this website with numerous formats available.
A template of the text, added here, can be used below. (Add the address and date at the top right of corner)
Exercising right to opt out
As you are probably aware, the Government is intending to ask you to transfer the electronic medical records of your patients onto a national database called the “spine”. They intend you to do this without first seeking the consent of your patients. It is BMA policy that patients should give their individual consent prior to their information being transferred on to the national database.
There are substantial concerns about the privacy and confidentiality of information transferred onto the national database, not least because promised software security safeguards called “sealed envelopes” will not be in place and because the patient’s instructions with regard to who may access the records can be overridden. I do not believe that such a large database, with so many staff users, can be regarded as secure.
I would be grateful if you would ensure that none of my records held by you are entered onto the national system. Would you please also file or scan a copy of this letter in my records and also record my dissent by entering the “Read code” – ‘93C3. – Refused consent for upload to national shared electronic record.’ into my computer record. I am aware of the implications of this request and will notify you should I change my mind.
This request is itself confidential. Please do not divulge my decision, in an identifiable manner, to anyone other than to clinicians who are providing care to me and who might otherwise place information about me on the national care records service.
To confirm, I do not wish for my details to be shared onto the system, by my GP’s under any circumstances and my confirmation should also be sought beforehand.
Further information for GPs is available online at http://www.TheBigOptOut.org/for_GPs
More information is available at the website for Health and Social Care Act. (Below)
More opt out details and ‘consequences of opting out’ are here –