NHS Number

Charles Lindsey chl at clerew.man.ac.uk
Mon Jan 10 11:31:34 GMT 2011

On Fri, 07 Jan 2011 17:18:42 -0000, Roger Hird <rl.hird at orpheusmail.co.uk>  

> Going back to the main issue - is the ability to get hold of
> someone else's NHS number any sort of problem?

Look at the problems caused by the widspread use of Social Security  
Numbers for non-social pourposes in the USA.

For any sort of number that reliably identifies a person (that seems to  
include NHS numbers but not NI numbers) it should be illegal to ask for  
that number outside of a context clearly related to the original purpose  
of that number.

So I would not expect to be asked for my NHS number when applying for car  
insurance, for example.

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