Patients want this and doctors want this – only the government (which made so many pre-election promises about the NHS Database) refuses to budge on this issue, and week by week hundreds of thousands of medical records are quietly uploaded without either the knowledge or consent of so many. Once uploaded, the data can never be deleted (only laughably “masked”). Our children’s data is being uploaded as we speak.
Citizens' medical data should only be uploaded to the NHS Database when they have given their express consent to their GP (or hospital) for this to happen – an "opt in" system. The current and hated "opt-out" system should be halted without delay – as the BMA says, patients do not understand that silence equals consent.