However you still need to send this form to your GP to stop your records leaving the GP practice.
Your medical data estimated to be worth £10 Billion.
Following pressure from doctors, campaign groups, the public and the threat of being taken to high court by openDemocracy and other NHS campaign groups, the Government today announced that the 'great Secret Data Steel' being postponed until 1st September.
Initially the Dept of Health and Social Care rejected doctors concerns, accusing them of wishing to delay the data steel for the sake of it.
According to HSJ website, 'GPs asked NHSD to run an information campaign through summer and to start the scheme in September.'
The article posted today also quotes another source as reporting that :ministers last week rejected the delay, and argued doctors would later cite other reasons to “keep kicking things down the road”.
However, just how many Tory Voters knew anything about the party manifesto and their intention to pit GP against GP in the strive to further commercialise the NHS?
But openDemorcay last week made it clear to the Government that if they went ahead with their plan to secretly harvest every patient in England's data from their GPs, they would take legal action against the Government.
Writing on 4th June, the openDemocracy website made it clear that the UK's private medical records held by GPs are considered to be worth £10 billion and have more detail in them than even the US medical system.
"Today lawyers acting for openDemocracy and five other claimants have challenged the British government’s controversial plans to extract the medical records of everyone in England from their GP without proper consultation or informed consent – just as the doctors are reeling from coping with COVID-19.
The coalition’s legal letter to the government warns that unless the health department pauses the GP data grab – due to go ahead on 1 July – and seeks transparent patient consent, we will seek a court injunction to halt the scheme.'
The background to this data-grab is alarming. That of a:
Single ICS Covering All of England
Already at the behest of IQVIA, clicians, surgeons and consultants are being provided with the financial costs of the treatment they give patients. Pressures on them to work within unreasonable budgets as in the US, will ensure that cost becomes the main criteria at least alongside patient health in their decision making over what treatment is appropriate for each patient.
Matt Hancock, and recently supported by The new Conservative leader of Essex County Council Kevin Bentley, plans to ensure that the 42 Integrated Care Systems, run by private healthcare companies e.g. Virgincare, local authorities and business leaders will, following the new NHS Bill being passed in Parliament; merge into one single England County-wide ICS!
Worse still, treatment availability will be determined by cost as each ICS tries to maximie profit in their county. This will mean that any idea of a 'national single healthcare' service will be confined to the history books - at least in England.
By this 'smoke and mirrors' method, the complete privatisation of healthcare as currently delivered by the NHS, will only be available via private medical insurance.
In other words, the FULL Privatisation of The NHS!
Download the NHS Form To Send To Your GP to opt-out of sharing your private medical records, here
Source: openDeomcracy / HSJ / unionsafety