Doctor/Patient confidentiality? Forget it…

Now doubt by now most will have seen this report in the Telegraph which explains how Labour have moved forward the implementation of the EHR programme (Electronic Health Records), and have started to upload patient records to central databases without consent. To their credit, the BMA have requested that government stop.

The EHR is part of a larger NPfIT programme within the NHS, and whilst some of the smaller elements such as electronic appointments serve a useful purpose, much of the scheme is intrusive and breaches just about every data protection rule on the statute book, whilst the project costs of many billions spent to date just cannot be justified.

NPfIT is itself part of a much larger EU wide scheme Connected Health: Quality and Safety for European Citizens.

Privacy advocates, though, fear that the potential problems inherent in a UK-wide health information system would only be compounded by a Europe-wide system. “If it comes to the point that every one of the five million people working in healthcare in Europe, plus the CIA and hackers, can access the information, then I’ll stop using the health service,” Ross Anderson, a security engineering professor at Cambridge university, told the ZDNet.co.uk news service.

Bad enough that your personal and very private medical record data moves away from your GP, to the wider NHS, on to private database contract operators and then EU wide, but now we discover that the EU rotating presidency (which is currently Spain, I am actually losing count of how many unelected presidents the EU now has), is pushing to share your information with the US.

The aim is to create a scenario for clinical information exchange and technical interoperability between the project promoted by the Obama Administration and the European project.

The very idea that there is any form of patient/doctor confidentiality remaining has now been totally crushed, and in fact when you consider it, there is absolutely nothing confidential in your life anymore.

The confidentiality issue however is not unique to our medical records, the same concerns over privacy arise in so many other areas.

Everything about you, which the UK government collects under pain of penalty and/or imprisonment in vast quantities, your DNA, fingerprints, biometric data, education, criminal records, bank records and financial dealings, tax records, air travel information, credit cards, store cards, road and rail travel details, car registrations, phone calls, emails, web browsing,  employment histories, hotel bookings, car hire, passport details, your children, your associations with others and virtually every other conceivable detail about you,  has now not only already been liberally shared with every civil servant in the UK, but just about every other government department, agency and police force in every country in the EU, which has in turn been sold on by a plethora of treaties between the unelected European Commission and the USA.

What our government has not sold or shared, it has given away, lost on trains, or has allowed to be stolen by hackers, fraudsters, thefts and phishing sites, which if truth be known I would not be in the least surprised to discover were mostly operated by various government and US agencies.

But as with nearly all bi-lateral agreements with the US, the data only ever appears to flow in one direction.

What exactly does the US want with all this data on European citizens? and what does our unelected EU elite gain by giving it to them? and Where is the UK government in its duty of care to UK citizens and our personal information?

Your rights in these matters are not just being overridden, they are being totally ignored. Just think about that for a minute, because its called personal information for a reason, not government information. I think its time to start asking the awkward questions.

To me, its just another reason to get out of the EU and start running our own affairs, affairs that are for the benefit of our own public good.

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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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3 Responses to Doctor/Patient confidentiality? Forget it…

  1. CherryPie says:

    I received my pack this morning. Telling me they were about to create my record unless I opted out and advising me that if I chose this option I should seek further advice first!

    • I think that I should make clear that I do not oppose the general use of databases, where the data collected is used for the specific purpose for which it is originally collected and is done so with consent.

      Where I do object, is where state bodies assume that the data is theirs to do with as they wish, freely sharing and selling it and passing it to commercial organisations and foreign governments where control over the use of MY data is no longer within my consent.

  2. jameshigham says:

    Further and further I read into it and the more and more it was apparent that this was true madness in a very clinical sense – this mania for more and more data, almost a daily data-fix.

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