UK: Controversial medical records database suspended

Kate Devlin reports:

The project triggered anger when it was revealed that information could have been logged on the system without patients’ knowledge.

The British Medical Association (BMA) warned that many people were not even aware of the scheme, let alone the fact that they could ‘opt out’.

In some cases letters informing patients of their rights had gone missing.

Although records will continue to be uploaded in some early adopter areas, Government plans to roll out the scheme across the country have been effectively halted.

The Department of Health said that uploading of data would begin again only when public awareness had been raised.

Read more in the Telegraph.

Interesting that they see it as a matter of “educating” the public instead of better addressing the numerous security and privacy concerns that have been raised.

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