by St Albans District News
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Tags: Better Information Means Better Care, NHS, ATOS
We ask probing questions below to help inform & encourage public debate on this important issue In March (spring 2014) GP's have been ordered by Government (legislation) to transfer all medical records to an external database - Better information means better care - it is titled Your date of birth, full postcode, NHS Number & gender rather than your name will be used to link your records in a secure system, managed by the HSCIC. HSCIC = Health & Social Care Information Centre The HSCIC was committed under the Health & Social Care Act 2012 to do this This makes intuitive sense as it should improve health care services in the long run - the principle is great! Leaflets were promised to be distributed to all of England’s 26.5 million households from 6 January 2014 - not one leaflet has been delivered yet - why? We have a number of concerns that haven't been debated publicly that surely should be - before the data is transferred over potentially compromising us all Do you know about this? Why is Govt seemingly hiding this action? Do you want to opt out? Should the data be going to a private company or stay within the NHS? Why is Govt railroading this through without consulting us first? Why are doctors (GP Surgeries) not informing us about this & how we can opt out if we choose? Are GP surgeries too lazy or colluding with Govt? Or not data savvy? Ask your doctor why you haven't been informed yet ATOS are the external data contractor - the company that have stopped incapacity & disability benefits for millions of people - causing 100's of suicides & plunging millions into deeper poverty - with non medically trained staff to assess medical conditions...... Can this company be trusted with our data? Is this privatisation of the NHS through the back door? THE NHS Constitution says the NHS is owned by us - if this is the case why can't we keep ownership of our records - oor own data? For such a large change in how our records are kept shouldn't we be informed of this change effectively & be allowed to debate this in public before changes happen? This change could be illegal without our consent - rather than simply allowing us to opt out....... Are you happy that central Govt are dictating what happens to us in our lives? & seemingly hiding their actions as there has been no leaflet distribution or GP surgery contact? Does this suggest underhand actions or just incompetence? Either way where is the public debate? This whole exercise may be in breach of EU data protection regulations anyway! In an age of interconnectedness why are such draconian Dickensian actions taking place? See the bottom of this information on what it means to object How to opt out - contact your GP Surgery - they are legally obliged to make it easy for you to opt out Public information film - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Pkb65rwZVI#t=7 Daily Telegrapgh article - http://bit.ly/DailyTelegraphArticle Guardian Article - http://bit.ly/GuardianArticleMedicalRecordsForSale NHS England response to Guardian http://bit.ly/NHSEnglandResponseToGuardian NHS confirms leaflet distribution - http://bit.ly/BetterInfoNHSContactsHomes Read leaflet Better Information Means Better Care http://bit.ly/NHSBetterInfoMeansBetterCare Health & Social Care Act 2012 http://bit.ly/HealthAndSocialCareAct2012 Guide - http://bit.ly/Guide-to-confidentiality-in-health-and-social-care Privacy Impact Assesment - http://bit.ly/Privacy-Impact-Assessment NHS England website - http://bit.ly/YourNHSRecords GP Practice guidance from NHS England http://bit.ly/GuidanceGPPracticesCareData ATOS win contract & announce in 2011 http://bit.ly/ATOSAnnounceContractWin2011 What Can I Object To? There are two types of information sharing you can object to: You can object to information containing data that identifies you from leaving your GP practice. This type of objection will prevent the identifiable information held in your GP record from being sent to the Health and Social Care Information Centre’s secure environment. It will also prevent researchers who have gained legal approval (see question 22 in the full list of Patient FAQs) from receiving your health information. Information from other places where you receive care, such as hospitals and community services is collected nationally by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The Health and Social Care Information Centre only releases this information in identifiable form where there is legal approval for doing so such as for medical research (see question 22 in the full list of Patient FAQs). This legal approval is only granted where it is: in the interests of patients or the wider public to do so; and impractical to obtain each individual patient’s consent; and not possible to use anonymised data. If you object, this type of information will not leave the Health and Social Care Information Centre to researchers with approval. The only exceptions are very rare circumstances such as a civil emergency or a public health emergency.
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After a 6 hour drive from El Arenal base camp of Ojos del Salado, we were blocked by three massive landslides that wiped out the road. We could not make contact with our local agent by Satphone and our options were: 1. Camp overnight 2. Trek 20km at 8pm. Luckily, the daughter of our local agent heard about the landslide and arrived at the far side with the municipal police to ferry us back to Fiambala.
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