Patient data for sale

23 May

Alarming news on medical records. It seems that private health firms can pay just £140 to identify patients and then access their health records.

The Guardian reports that Bupa is one of four private firm that have passed the government’s vetting procedures, allowing them to access “sensitive or identifiable” patient data which is housed centrally by the  Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

The Guardian quotes Phil Booth, co-ordinator at patient pressure group medConfidential: “Like millions of other patients, I’m certain I never gave my consent to this.”

The full list of organisations with the relevant approvals is available here (Excel spreadsheet).

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