In 2008 the Primary Care Trust (PCT) tried to get all our medical records on to an american database in the name of progress. People were sent a ‘Small Blue Card’ and if they did not complete it and opt out of the process then by default their medical records would have been uploaded to a massive database. After a huge outcry the scheme was abandoned here in Wirral.
However, it has been revealed in a letter from Kathy Doran, Chief Executive Wirral NHS, to the Chairman of Wirral’s Health and Wellbeing Overview and Scrutiny Committee that another scheme is on its way in, ‘Summary Care Records’. You can read that letter by clicking HERE. We are told that this is a national scheme ordered by the Department of Health (DOH) and administered by them. Although the data will be controlled by the DOH, it is yet again a scheme that does not give you the choice to opt in. In fact if you don’t Opt Out, you will automatically be included in the scheme.
Now I do not have a problem with the scheme, and on the face of it, it could benefit patients, however I deplore the tactics of automatic inclusion, unless you say otherwise. I believe there should be real choice, anything else is unacceptable to me, and for that reason, and as a matter of principal I shall be opting out of this scheme.
So watch out, you will be receiving a letter in the next month or so telling you about this scheme. Make sure you read the letter and then determine if you want to ‘Opt Out’. If you don’t want your personal details and a summary of your medical record being made available, make sure that you contact your GP and opt out of this scheme. If you don’t opt out, then your details will automatically be included.