Despite all of the cases of the misuse of medical records, the UK government is still pushing ahead with plans to give private firms more and more access to medical records.
In the Telegraph on 20th September 2008 it was reported that:
The Government is considering giving firms access to a massive computer database which will contain the records of almost every man, woman and child in England.
The information is a gold mine for private companies, who could use it for medical research or for helping them to sell products to the NHS.
But privacy campaigners say they are “horrified” by the proposals which could see patients’ post codes, medical conditions and treatments – and in some circumstances, their names – passed on to third parties without their consent.
The database, part of a long-delayed scheme to give NHS staff access to computerised medical records, will hold details of almost all visits by patients to hospitals and GPs.