Medical records

All medical records should remain confidential and only be shared with other appropriate professionals if the individual concerned agrees. The records should never be shared without this consent.

Why is this idea important?

All medical records should remain confidential and only be shared with other appropriate professionals if the individual concerned agrees. The records should never be shared without this consent.

Protect “confidential” medical records from the authorities

I am calling for medical confidentiality to be respected and for the practice of allowing the police and CPS access to a person's medical records to be stopped and indeed made illegal and a ban on using a person's medical history or records in criminal proceedings.

Currently, in certain circumstances the police can obtain a warrant to get a copy of a person's supposedly confidential medical records, including mental health records.

Sometimes, the clinical staff responsible for protecting the records will not even require a warrant, but will provide the records on the basis of a request from the police or CPS.

Why should the authorities be able to look at and use your "confidential" medical records against you, when questioning or prosecuting you?

I'm particularly concerned that if someone has a mental health problem,  the fact that medical records are not confidential will put people off seeking help and sharing their thoughts and feelings with a therapist/psychologist/psychiatrist, because they might worry that these probably quite strange thoughts could be used against them in the future. If they don't seek help, their condition will probably get worse and they might become a danger to themselves or others.

The thoughts and feelings expressed in therapy may be no more weird than those that most people have from time to time, but if the person becomes a suspect in an investigation in the future, the fact that they have shared their thoughts in therapy means that they can then be used against them by the police, or as "evidence" or to make them out to be some sort of wierdo and turn the jury against them in court.

If a person is fortunate enough to be able to pay for private therapy, the notes from this will not be available to the authorities, mainly because they will not know that you had therapy or who you saw, but if you are poor and have to accept therapy on the NHS, the authorities will see this from your GP's records and then go fishing in your mental health records for anything they think will help their case.

I think it's disgusting that we don't protect medical confidentiality so that people can seek help without worrying that it might cause problems for them in the future, but currently the NHS and the Government regards your records as their property to do with what they wish.

Why is this idea important?

I am calling for medical confidentiality to be respected and for the practice of allowing the police and CPS access to a person's medical records to be stopped and indeed made illegal and a ban on using a person's medical history or records in criminal proceedings.

Currently, in certain circumstances the police can obtain a warrant to get a copy of a person's supposedly confidential medical records, including mental health records.

Sometimes, the clinical staff responsible for protecting the records will not even require a warrant, but will provide the records on the basis of a request from the police or CPS.

Why should the authorities be able to look at and use your "confidential" medical records against you, when questioning or prosecuting you?

I'm particularly concerned that if someone has a mental health problem,  the fact that medical records are not confidential will put people off seeking help and sharing their thoughts and feelings with a therapist/psychologist/psychiatrist, because they might worry that these probably quite strange thoughts could be used against them in the future. If they don't seek help, their condition will probably get worse and they might become a danger to themselves or others.

The thoughts and feelings expressed in therapy may be no more weird than those that most people have from time to time, but if the person becomes a suspect in an investigation in the future, the fact that they have shared their thoughts in therapy means that they can then be used against them by the police, or as "evidence" or to make them out to be some sort of wierdo and turn the jury against them in court.

If a person is fortunate enough to be able to pay for private therapy, the notes from this will not be available to the authorities, mainly because they will not know that you had therapy or who you saw, but if you are poor and have to accept therapy on the NHS, the authorities will see this from your GP's records and then go fishing in your mental health records for anything they think will help their case.

I think it's disgusting that we don't protect medical confidentiality so that people can seek help without worrying that it might cause problems for them in the future, but currently the NHS and the Government regards your records as their property to do with what they wish.

employers rights to your medical information

My employer "offers" free medical checks and advice.  The catch is that you can not refuse.  As part of this "benefit" you are required to provide your GPs address and contact number and a consent form has to be signed for the employer to request a copy of your records through a third party ( a medical company they pay). 

I have nothing to hide but I do not think that employers should have the right to access and then retain your medical details for what ever use.  I believe that you should be able to opt out of this "benefit" and continue to have your job with no recriminations.  I also believe that people if offered health screening should be able to choose their own health screener and choose which information to share with third parties.

Why is this idea important?

My employer "offers" free medical checks and advice.  The catch is that you can not refuse.  As part of this "benefit" you are required to provide your GPs address and contact number and a consent form has to be signed for the employer to request a copy of your records through a third party ( a medical company they pay). 

I have nothing to hide but I do not think that employers should have the right to access and then retain your medical details for what ever use.  I believe that you should be able to opt out of this "benefit" and continue to have your job with no recriminations.  I also believe that people if offered health screening should be able to choose their own health screener and choose which information to share with third parties.

Enable people to remove incorrect information from their medical records

If a person finds that incorrect information has been added to their medical record, they should be able to get this incorrect information removed. The record should be the property of the person it relates to, not the health service.

Why is this idea important?

If a person finds that incorrect information has been added to their medical record, they should be able to get this incorrect information removed. The record should be the property of the person it relates to, not the health service.

Medical privacy

I don't know what law implies that the state has the right to request information that should remain between yourself and your doctor, but whatever it is needs changing.

 

When attempting to sign on for JSA I do NOT expect to be asked what, if any, medication I am on.  That's between me and my GP, not me and the state.

 

If I have an employer, it's between me and them.  Not me and the state.  So, stop the DWP asking questions they have no right to ask.

Why is this idea important?

I don't know what law implies that the state has the right to request information that should remain between yourself and your doctor, but whatever it is needs changing.

 

When attempting to sign on for JSA I do NOT expect to be asked what, if any, medication I am on.  That's between me and my GP, not me and the state.

 

If I have an employer, it's between me and them.  Not me and the state.  So, stop the DWP asking questions they have no right to ask.

section 60 health and Social Care Act 2001

I think this shoud be changed as it intrudes into the very personal parts of our life, our medical information as it allows the sharing of identifiable medical information withoyt the consent or knowledge of the patient. Othere countries have shown that there is no need for the sharing of identifiable medical information, which has included sexual health data.

Some researchers in the UK have already shown it is possible to get coded data from patient medical records without identifying the patient or even the medical practice and that this can be used for research.

Why is this idea important?

I think this shoud be changed as it intrudes into the very personal parts of our life, our medical information as it allows the sharing of identifiable medical information withoyt the consent or knowledge of the patient. Othere countries have shown that there is no need for the sharing of identifiable medical information, which has included sexual health data.

Some researchers in the UK have already shown it is possible to get coded data from patient medical records without identifying the patient or even the medical practice and that this can be used for research.

NHS Database

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.

Why is this idea important?

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.

Do away with Connecting for Health

The theory of having all your medical notes in one place is excellent. However, the money that has been wasted so far trying to make this work with no progress and endless problems makes it ideal to accept it does not work and move on. No one wants to have thier records held centrally potentially for all to see so scrap it and put the money where it is really needed, frontline services.

Why is this idea important?

The theory of having all your medical notes in one place is excellent. However, the money that has been wasted so far trying to make this work with no progress and endless problems makes it ideal to accept it does not work and move on. No one wants to have thier records held centrally potentially for all to see so scrap it and put the money where it is really needed, frontline services.