Health Service Record Confidentiality

Peter Tomlinson pwt at
Fri Feb 7 18:25:30 GMT 2014

A leaflet came through my letterbox this week (the same day that I went 
off to one of those NHS independent contractor minor procedure units [1] 
to have a stubborn molar removed by their dental surgeon - he is, of 
course, not a white anglo saxon protestant (or catholic or..), but 
likely from Egypt and did a brilliant job, as did the rest of the team).

NHS is the badge of the leaflet, 'Better information means better care' 
is the banner. It refers me to:

- NHS Choices web site

- 'staff at your GP practice'

- 0300 456 3531 (nothing about any call costs)

- 'More details about how we look after confidential information and how 
it may be used can be found on the website at'

It asks 'Do I need to do anything?. The answer is nothing if I'm happy 
for my infomation to be shared. And the vital but naked statement "And 
you can change your mind at any time".

So its opt in by default.


[1] 'minor' indeed - in the waiting room I found their poster for their 
fast track hip replacement jobs.

On 07/02/2014 16:44, Ian Batten wrote:
> It seems to be coming from all angles, doesn't it?

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