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Act now to keep your medical records private

Pam Giddy
21 May 2010

The new coalition government has committed itself to rolling back state intrusion, with plans to scrap the ID card scheme, the National Identity Register, and the ContactPoint database. 

Meanwhile, Connecting for Health is trying to push us past the point of no return by uploading a critical mass of medical records to the Summary Care Record.

This represents a serious threat to medical confidentiality. Your health record would be accessible to literally hundreds of thousands of people - not just those directly responsible for your care.

But it's not too late to put a stop to it - ask your new MP to tell the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, to put an immediate stop to data transfers to the Summary Care Record pending a full enquiry.

The "accelerated roll-out" of Summary Care Records is not about patient care, but is rather a blatant attempt by CfH to preserve a heavily-criticised, extremely costly IT programme that - on the evidence of two independent studies - delivers few of the claimed benefits. 

What it does deliver is a complete and total invasion of privacy, which is next to impossible to opt-out of. 

Help us stop this before it's too late.

Ask your new MP to tell Andrew Lansley to halt the uploads now.

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