Data security

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The NHS is centralising record-keeping. This could be very useful for patient care.

However, the dark side of this project is the security of the data. Drug and insurance companies will be able to buy information on patients – including mental health conditions and diseases such as cancer, as well as smoking and drinking habits – once a single English database of medical data has been created. Some of these companies are hell-bent on privatising the health service.

This is an abuse of our medical data. I thought my MP would be interested so I wrote to Mr Bottomley about it. Apparently, he is unconcerned. He has certainly neither acknowledged the email or replied to it.

Don’t they teach manners to Tory MPs any more?

Derek McMillan

Pond Lane,


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