Your medical records sold off

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The NHS is selling off your medical records

Filed under: Campaign News — helen at 12:00 pm on Saturday, January 5, 2013

The NHS is selling off your medical records see here for how much they are charging for it! From April it will include GP data. We discovered this in 2008 when we got the story on the front page of Sunday Telegraph see here so all political parties seem to have this plan. It has been sold since 2008 but on a smaller scale as the casino NHS did not have the IT infrastructure in place to support it on a larger scale. The GP side did not have the IT infrastructure until this year although it has been planned for at least 4 years.

Fee Component


Base fee1


Per dataset2


Per year per dataset3


Fee per table type4 (charged for tabulations only)



A single year of non-sensitive inpatient data will cost £854 (£480 £320 £54)

2 years of non-sensitive inpatient and outpatient data will cost £1,336 (£480 2*£320 4*£54)

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4 comments for “Your medical records sold off

  1. Ed P
    January 31, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    What a shower! Perhaps the UK should change to the french method – patients notes are looked after and are fully the responsibility of…. the patient! (Which would stop this latest sell-off nonsense and also ensure the notes are seen by consultants – I cannot be the only one who has waited months for an appointment, only to find the notes were not there, so the waiting begins again.)

  2. Johnnydub
    January 31, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    This is histerical cobblers…

    What’s being proposed is the sharing with research establishments etc. anonomised data. It’s about looking at trends across millions of patients, not illicitly analysing individual patients…

    This data availability is actually going to create value for the research companies and lead to better treatments, and drive research partnerships like for example what is going on at the Papworth hospital.

    Don’t jump on the left’s bullshit “privatisation of the NHS” bandwagon, especially as that particular process was started with Labour legislation in the first place….

    • January 31, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      This has got bugger all to do with left’s bullshit “privatisation of the NHS”. This scheme was put together by Blair’s Government, and followed through by Brown’s.

      It has everything to do with privacy and confidentiality. It has everything to do with who owns your personal medical records, and what they can be used for.

      Quote from the 20 Sep 2008 Telegraph link above.
      “Security experts said the scheme would “hoover up” vast quantities of confidential data which could easily be traced back to individuals, whether or not names and addresses or other personal details were removed.

      Ross Anderson, Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge University, said: “We have had a lot of debate about patients being able to opt out of the national scheme for patient records, but meanwhile the Government have pulled a fast one. There are no limits set on the way this data can be used; this database will hoover up all the personal medical data on every person, and it can be used for whatever the Secretary of State says it can be used for.”

      This data was always available to the Papworth research teams, my concern is that it is now available to any tom dick and harry Pharma company, especially those who like to create targeted infections in order to sell targeted medicines and vaccines. (The Bird flu scam is but one example).

  3. Furor Teutonicus
    February 2, 2013 at 5:46 am

    If this is just data collection, then fine.

    IF, however, the data is linkable to individual patients, then that is TOTALY against the ….. (AAARRGGHHH, in English????…. “Schweigepflicht” in German…. Where a doctor is not allowed to give individual infortmation.), Any way, iot should not be allowed, WHEN people can be identified.

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