UK: Private companies could get access to millions of NHS medical records

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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 goldmine 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’ postcodes, medical conditions and treatments – and in some circumstances, their names – passed on to third parties without their consent.

Full story – Telegraph

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