I have just sent this letter to my general practitioner. If enough people do this, the NHS database will be made pretty useless as a tool for social engineering. I recommend all to do the same.
Dear Dr xxx,
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 shall be grateful if you would ensure that none of the records held by you on Sean, Andrea or Philippa Gabb 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 our computer records. We are aware of the implications of this request and will notify you should we change our minds.
This request is itself confidential. Please do not divulge our decision, in an identifiable manner, to anyone other than to clinicians who are providing care to us and who might otherwise place information about us on the national care records service.
Further information for GPs is available online at www.TheBigOptOut.org/ for GPs.
Here is the article that prompted me to do this: