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NHS Care Records (7th Feb 14 at 12:32pm UTC)
Summary Care Record is about sharing a limited set of important information, only with other health care providers such as ambulance and A&E, so that they know about certain conditions, medication and allergies in the event of having to treat you. Everybody has free choice to opt in or out, but many people are in favour of opting in to this as it could be of direct benefit to the individual patient in the event of needing emergency treatment.

Care.Data is much more unclear as to who may end up accessing your data. It will NOT be available for use by medical professionals as part of your direct care, but for secondary purposes such as research. Unless you specifically opt out, your medical data will be sent automatically to the centralHealth & Social Care Information Centre which already publishes a huge range of statistical information. This in itself is not necessarily a bad thing, as this is a great resource for information and planning etc. However, the issue many people are wary about is which organisations/companies will then be allowed to get the detailed data, how anonymous (or not) it may be, and what they may do with it. Many GPs have very strong views on this, but they cannot refuse to supply this data, only the individual patient can stop it by opting out in writing. Others have already shared links to useful letters or forms, but in essence if you choose to opt out you are asking for your medical record to be annotated or coded with your refusal to share data.

http://care-data.info

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Re: NHS Care Records (10th Feb 14 at 1:48am UTC)
We had one of the leaflets it came with the junk mail
I don't trust em one bit
I ain't letting em get their grubby hands on my particulars {Shocked}
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Re: NHS Care Records (10th Feb 14 at 1:02pm UTC)
Could wash their hands Pontius Pilate tried that one {Rolleyes}
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