Careless

The people who run NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre never wanted to give the public a choice about whether their data would be mined and sold for research purposes (and the clumsy, ill-infomed opt-out that was dragged out of them isn’t a proper choice anyway). It should therefore come as […]

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And another thing

Put on your anoraks, friends, we’re going to Data Protection land. My objection to care.data is that it is unfair – I believe that data should only be extracted from GP systems and used for research (no matter how beneficial) with consent. I am wary of care.data’s hype-man Dr Tim Kelsey, who said on Twitter […]

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An intelligent, grown-up debate

The Chair of the Health and Social Care Information Centre, Kingsley Manning, wrote to the Guardian this week to ask for “an intelligent, grown-up debate” about the sharing of GP-held health data with the HSCIC, so that it can then be accessed by researchers of various kinds. This bracing proposition was almost immediately undermined by […]

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